Fear of Snakes by Lorna Crozier

Canadian filmmaker Andreas Mendritzki (GreenGround Productions) has done a very difficult thing here: made an videopoem for a narrative poem by suggesting the action described in the poem without directly showing it. The result is extremely effective, in my opinion. Evidently I’m not the only one who thinks so — it won first prize at the 2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Lorna Crozier is a major Canadian poet. Here’s her website.


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    Swoon 22 February, 2011

    Now this is the sort of thing I very much like to be jealous of…
    Beautifully slow…

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    JMartin 22 February, 2011

    A rich, green, allusive dream of everything that hides in the tall grass, and well worth multiple viewings. All those wonderful choices! The pan up from the boy’s feet, seguing into the snake’s twisted last vision, panning up the phallic telephone pole. The boy’s hand in his pockets — “stupid hands!”

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