La Région Centrale

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La Région Centrale
Directed byMichael Snow
Edited byPierre Abbeloos
Release date
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time
180 minutes

La Région centrale[1] is a 1971 experimental Canadian film directed by Michael Snow. The film is 180 minutes long and shot over a period of 24 hours, using a robotic arm and consists entirely of preprogrammed movements.


Wyndham Wise commented,

"In a brilliant convergence of form and content, camera movement becomes the reason d’etre. Rarely, if ever, has a film so clearly delineated the role of this machine in our reception and perception of the objected filmed. To make the film, Snow worked with a technician to design a mechanized camera that was able to move without human intervention in every direction imaginable. To further erase the influence of humans, Snow filmed in the remote reaches of Northern Quebec, where his camera roamed the landscape, in a manner both systematic and arbitrary. It’s both an exhilarating celebration of cinema’s unique qualities and a clever joke on the landscape tradition in Canadian art."[2]

The film received five critics' votes and two directors' votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound polls of the world's greatest films.[3]


  1. ^ Retrieved Oct. 14/15
  2. ^ Wyndham Wise, editor, Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001), p. 179.
  3. ^ "Votes for La Région Centrale (1971)". British Film Institute. Retrieved January 17, 2017.

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