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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. The film is accompanied with a soundtrack by Conrad on a synthesizer that he built solely for the film.
The film starts with a warning message, which reads:
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.
- Henderson, Richard (April 1998). "Lifting the Veil". The Wire. p. 30.
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