The cinema of Hollywood is a cinema of exclusion, reduction and denial, a cinema of repression. There is always something behind that which is being represented, which was not represented. And it is exactly that that is most interesting to consider.
I created this short clip in 1995 from re-purposed shots from Fritz Lang's 1952 film 'Rancho Notorious'. This sequence works to expose homoerotic tensions inherent in the Western film genre.
The sequence shows Vern Haskell Rancho Notorious' protagonist, struggle to 'escape the frame' and the admiring advances of his outlaw compatriots. Through deleting the subject of the cowboy's attentions Marlene Dietrich, I was able to shift the meaning of the scene from one that centred on heterosexual interest to one that centred on homosexual desire.
I created the sound track using a similar technique. I did so through splicing sections of the original sound track together so that it would evoke some of the melodrama of the original film.
The clip was created using the early non-linear editing platform Avid Media Suite Pro.
Fig.1 Simon Perkins (1995). 'Wranglers' digitised and cut-up VHS video, 3:21 minutes.