The Girl Chewing Gum

John Smith

1976 | 00:12:00 | United Kingdom | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 16mm film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: European Film/Video, Experimental Film, Film or Videomaking, Humor, Language, Sound

“In The Girl Chewing Gum a commanding voiceover appears to direct the action in a busy London street. As the instructions become more absurd and fantasized, we realize that the supposed director (not the shot) is fictional; he only describes—not prescribes—the events that take place before him. Smith embraced the ‘spectre of narrative’ (suppressed by structural film) to play word against picture and chance against order. Sharp and direct, the film anticipates the more elaborate scenarios to come: witty, many-layered, punning, but also seriously and poetically haunted by drama’s ineradicable ghost.”

—A.L. Rees, A Directory of British Film and Video Artists (Luton, UK: Arts Council of England/University of Luton Press, 1996)

This title is also available on John Smith: Program 1.

16mm film transfered to video

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Royal College of Art, John Smith Solo Show, 2010