France 1967, “Gavotte” (original title), 12 min, colour, no dialogues dir Walerian Borowczyk sc Walerian Borowczyk cam Guy Durban ed Marie-Louise Barberot mus Jean-Philippe Rameau cast Roberto Ludo prod Dominique Duvergé pc Pantaléon Films sales Friens of Walerian Borowczyk: Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin aw Mannheim IFF 1967: Gold Ducat
Two bored dwarves fight over a cushion. Like Diptych, Gavotte constitutes a further step in the direction of live action filmmaking. Completely wordless, Borowczyk takes his dramatic cue from a gavotte by Jean-Philippe Rameau, played on a harpsichord off camera. Whereas the purveyors of concrete cinema pushed the boundaries of film form with often dry results, Borowczyk uses the constraints of the film frame for comic effect.