The Flicker

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The Flicker is an experimental film created in 1965 by Tony Conrad. The film consists of only 5 different frames: a warning frame, two title frames, a black frame, and a white frame. It is currently being remade digitally by Tony Conrad's son.[citation needed] The film is accompanied with a soundtrack by Conrad on a synthesizer that he built solely for the film.[1]


The film starts with a warning message, which reads:

WARNING. The producer, distributor, and exhibitors waive all liability for physical or mental injury possibly caused by the motion picture "The Flicker."

Since this film may induce epileptic seizures or produce mild symptoms of shock treatment in certain persons, you are cautioned to remain in the theatre only at your own risk. A physician should be in attendance.

The film then goes on to a frame that says "Tony Conrad Presents," and then to a frame that says "The Flicker," at which point it starts. The screen goes white, then after a short while, the screen flickers with a single black frame. This is repeated, at varying rate, again and again until it creates a strobe effect, for which the film is titled. This continues until the film stops abruptly.

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  1. ^ Henderson, Richard (April 1998). "Lifting the Veil". The Wire. p. 30. 

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