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This film, in particular, documents a significant shift in Lewis’s practice. Actress Molly Parker, known for her roles in Six Feet Under and Deadwood, is superimposed against the bleak landscape of rural Ontario using the standard Hollywood technique of rear projection. Lewis takes what was, for old Hollywood, a tool meant to convey seamless realism, and foregrounds its essential trickery. Another piece incorporates the dreary backdrops of concrete council flats in the same way. In both settings the film takes on a painterly quality, referencing and restaging traditional portraiture to startling effect.
Accompanied by essays by Philippe-Alain Michaud, Laura Mulvey, and Michael Rush that place Lewis’s work next to that of his contemporaries, Mark Lewis reaches insightful conclusions about the evolving relationship between film, technology, painting, and photography.