The visual rhythms of the cityscape are transformed into mesmerizing meditations on spatial perception in one of North America’s most cinematic cities. Consisting of 25 shots, Ernie Gehr’s “minimalist masterpiece” (J. Hoberman) repurposes an exterior glass elevator in San Francisco as a moving camera and brilliantly captures the confusion of up and down, flatness and depth, sky and street in the city of Vertigo.
Directed by Ernie Gehr, 1991, 16mm
Runtime: 42 minutes
Part of the urban film series Cinematic Sites, selected by Paul Dallas and presented in conjunction with Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.