The Girl Chewing Gum

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The Girl Chewing Gum
Directed by John Smith
Release date
Running time
12 minutes
Country UK
Language English

The Girl Chewing Gum is a 1976 British short film directed by John Smith. The film is widely acknowledged as one of the most important avant-garde films of the 20th century.[1]

The film was inspired by a scene in François Truffaut's 1973 film Day for Night in which the director gives instructions to the actors, and even tells a dog to urinate on a lamppost.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

At Stamford Road in Dalston Junction of east London, the camera follows pedestrians, cars and birds while a narrator, who appears to be the director behind the camera, seems to instruct the objects.

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  1. ^ Program for Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2011, p. 21.
  2. ^ Joe Moran. "The girl chewing gum", Moran's blog, 16 June 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2012.

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