Two Coronations

2011
Country: UK
Duration: 13 mins
|40 Seconds
Colour,
Sound: Sound
Available Format/s: SD Digital file

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Two Coronations reworks material from a family archive, using as a temporal guide the two coronations of British monarchs in 1937 and 1953. The activity of ’procession’, for the camera, as part of public and private occasions, features strongly in the archive.

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By cinematic montage, notions of social collectivity and a relation to the display of power are placed in question. A short introduction reworks the tale of Sleeping Beauty as suggested by Walter Benjamin:

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I would like to recount, for a second time, the tale of Sleeping Beauty. She slept in her thorn bush, And then, after so, and so many years, she awoke.

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But not by the kiss of a prince of fortune.

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The cook woke her up as he gave the scullery boy a box round the ears. The sound resounded throughout the castle, ringing from the pent up energy of a long, long time.

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