Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi

From the Pole to the Equator (1987)

Italian filmmakers Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi have over the past 25 years proven themselves to be masters of the assemblage of found footage film, returning over and over again to images from the first decades of the 20th century, with a special attention to images of war and colonialism.

Gianikian and Ricci Lucchi’s method consists of poring over these images, studying the interactions among the onscreen figures and between these figures and the camera, looking for telling glances and revealing gestures, which are then slowed down and isolated.