Bande a part

Bande à part (1964)

At exactly 46:20 everything goes silent.

No dialogue, no white noise, no soundtrack.

Just silence.

“A real minute of silence takes forever,” says Franz.

The moment lasts thirty-five seconds.

35”.

That’s eight hundred and forty frames

that bare no relation to plot or to character formation;

yet has everything to do with purpose.

A purpose like 4’33”.

Both expose, both reveal—

time.

Now that’s something we give so very little

time to.

But is it ever really silent?

—Nathan Proctor