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glass shadows

1976  |  16mm  |  color  |  sound  |  13:30 min
Holly Fisher
Fritz Buehner, Gregory (cat), and Holly Fisher

[Glass Shadows is] a film that challenges feminist theory to expand its vocabulary and judgment to include not only a mode of critique, but also a more positive exploration of visual pleasure.

– Maureen Turim, professor and author, Journal of Film / Video


Shadows is a sensual formalistic diary, filmed in the early morning light of my studio. The primary images are of my Bolex-filming nude reflection set within window frames, a pane of glass, and light projected by the rising sun. The film moves forward via on-going exploration of reflected and overlapping images––sustained by light, color, and the rhythmic pulse of a leaky kitchen faucet. A fusion of form and subject is inevitable within a work that is the story of its making.


International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany (1980)
“Women’s Independent Survey,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1984)
Arsenal, Berlin, Germany (1982)
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany (1992)
Millennium Film Workshop, Brooklyn, NY (1977)
Collective for Living Cinema, New York, NY (1977)
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2000)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (1985)
Cineprobe, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1984)
Boston Film & Video Foundation, Boston, MA (1977)
Theatre Image Forum, Tokyo, Japan (1984)
“The Films of Holly Fisher,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (Retrospective, 1995)

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