Here, Clifford West explores the human body through non-traditional abstract focusing technique. Norma Dupire, the model in the film, writes: "I was a 20-yr-old student wife working as an art model in Detroit and pregnant with my first child. I borrowed a car on a summer morning in 1962 to get out to the studio in Mr. West's house in Bloomfield Hills. It was a three-hour session of easy poses because most of that time Mr. West was adjusting equipment. His directing was quite relaxed, he was paying well and I was happy to have such a neat little job." For more on West, visit http://www.afana.org/westbio.htm
March 15, 2017 Subject:
What?! What metamorphosis?
A camera, close enough to render body parts (sometimes) unrecognizable and often out of focus, plays slowly over a woman's naked body as gentle music plays. The abstracting of her body indicates that she represents not herself, but Woman. Then verses start about Woman which I found uninteresting and insipid.
Here's the problem- this Ode to Woman doesn't ring true. Apparently Woman has no head, feet or hands. And after the camera has shown a blurred arm or leg, the director seems always to be able to find the focus mechanism when the camera reaches her breasts or derrière. I'm no prude, but I'm left with the feeling that this was an elaborate plot just to take nudie photos. Meh.