"Vertigo" (Three Character Descriptions)

1987, 5:24 min, color, sound

"Vertigo" recounts three stories, allegedly based on postcard reproductions of Giuditta, a painting by Cristofano Allori; a photo of Lu Hsun on his way to deliver a speech at Kwanghua University, Shanghai, in 1927; and a photo of a jewel box made by Archibald Knox around 1900. No images appear; the viewer sees Tajiri's narratives as written texts that scroll down the screen.

Music: Bernard Hermann. Assistance: Mary Ann Toman, Irit Batsry.

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1987, 13:16 min, color, sound