Black Square Trailers: The Malevich Effect

This project is a continuation of Chambers’ experimentation with Kasimir Malevich’s “Black Square” and Suprematism. The pieces are generated from movie trailers. Their configuration within the confines of the “Black Square” move them in the direction of Suprematism with a kinetic component that incorporates the sound track. They are in keeping with many of Malevich’s Suprematist pieces that are painted on a slant, and simulate the geometry of terrain/objects seen in an aerial photograph. On another note, the pieces involve the anachronism of past generations’ narrative/dialogue/score blended with Abstract Expressionism in its kinetic form; and what’s even more interesting is the fact that this form is of itself … the movie trailer.

Malevich founded the art movement, Suprematism in Moscow, 1913 as a parallel to Constructivism. Suprematism [“supremacy of forms”] is a study in abstraction conceived in itself … non-objective and not related to anything except geometric shapes and colors … and a precursor to Minimalism. Malevich states, “Under Suprematism I understand the supremacy of pure feeling in creative art. To the Suprematist the visual phenomena of the objective world are, in themselves, meaningless; the significant thing is feeling, as such, quite apart from the environment in which it is called forth. I took refuge in the square form and exhibited a picture which consisted of nothing more than a black square on a white field. It is filled with the spirit of nonobjective sensation which pervades everything. This is no empty square, but rather the feeling of non-objectivity.”

Click on thumbnail/link to view/listen (allow for considerable loading time).

Baby Face: Director – Alfred E. Green; Writers – Gene Markey (screenplay), Kathryn Scola (screenplay); Stars – Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook (1933).
Bataan: Director – Tay Garnett; Writer – Robert Hardy Andrews (original screenplay); Stars – Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan (1943).
Buccaneer’s Girl: Director – Frederick De Cordova; Writers – Samuel R. Golding (story), Joseph Hoffman; Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Philip Friend, Robert Douglas (1950).
Dial M for Murder: Director – Alfred Hitchcock; Writers – Frederick Knott (screenplay), Frederick Knott (adapted from his play); Stars – Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings (1954).
Flight to Mars: Director – Lesley Selander; Writer – Arthur Strawn (screenplay); Stars – Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz (1951).
Frankenstein: Director – James Whale; Writers – John L. Balderston (composition), Mary Shelley (story); Stars – Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff (1931).
From Here to Eternity: Director – Fred Zinnemann; Writers – Daniel Taradash (screenplay), James Jones (story); Stars – Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr (1953).
Grand Hotel: Director – Edmund Goulding; Writers – Vicki Baum (story), William A. Drake (screenplay); Stars – Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford (1932).
High Sierra: Director – Raoul Walsh; Writers – John Huston (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (screenplay); Stars – Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis (1941).
House of Wax: Director – Andre De Toth; Writers – Crane Wilbur (screenplay), Charles Belden (story); Stars – Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk (1953).
Ivanhoe: Director – Richard Thorpe; Writers – Noel Langley (screenplay), Aeneas MacKenzie (adaptation); Stars – Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine (1952).
King Kong: Directors – Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack; Writers – James Ashmore Creelman (screenplay), Ruth Rose (screenplay); Stars – Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot (1933).
Marked Woman: Directors – Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz; Writers – Robert Rossen (original screenplay), Abem Finkel (original screenplay); Stars – Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane (1937).
Planet of the Vampires: Director – Mario Bava; Writers – Mario Bava (original version), Alberto Bevilacqua (original version); Stars – Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda (1965).
Saboteur: Director – Alfred Hitchcock; Writers – Peter Viertel (original screenplay), Joan Harrison (original screenplay); Stars – Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger (1942).
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon: Director- John Ford; Writers – James Warner Bellah (story), Frank S. Nugent (screenplay); Stars – John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar (1949).
Tarantula: Director – Jack Arnold; Writers – Robert M. Fresco (screenplay), Martin Berkeley (screenplay); Stars – John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll (1955).
The Thief of Bagdad: Directors – Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell; Writers – Miles Malleson (screenplay and dialogue), Lajos Biro (scenario); Stars – Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez (1940).
Top Hat: Director – Mark Sandrich; Writers – Dwight Taylor (screenplay), Allan Scott (screenplay); Stars – Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton (1935).
When Worlds Collide: Director – Rudolph Mate; Writers – Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Edwin Balmer (novel); Stars – Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen (1951).
The movies are in the Public Domain.

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