I Can’t Believe it’s on YouTube! The Responsive Eye Movie
Story: A Museum exhibit of images that appear to move from The Responsive Eye MOMA exhibit in 1965.
Why You Should See It: Brian DePalma’s greatest piece of cinema is arguably the museum sequence in “Dressed To Kill” when the STD guy is stalking Angie Dickinson. She is there to see paintings, but really, she’s repressed and is ready to get laid… if the right guy comes along. But when she meets the guy, is he really into her. Oh, wait, she dropped her glove, that’s why this man is chasing her. Or, is he?
Interestingly, this short documentary from 1965, The Responsive Eye movie is about deception, illusion, and other tricks of the mind. These paintings are just still pictures, of course. But you feel like these images are sucking you in or making you dizzy. What you see is never what you get. What you get is never what you see. It is the sort of thing that would turn on a chemistry major like Brian DePalma. The framing of the shots are unconventional for a doc. Come to think of it, subjects are framed like they’re in their own painting. I Can’t Believe The Responsive Eye movie is on YouTube.
If you’re interested in other NYC art documentaries, check out the Style Wars graffiti documentary.
Written by: Norith Soth