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Lea Grammont

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This episode of "Artist's Showcase" features "Lea Grammont" by Ros Barron.

In this eerie meditation on childhood and memory, strange and mystical figures appear as evidence of things lurking beneath the surface and seen through the eyes of a child. The child is first seen seated at the feet of a female figure who works assiduously at her knitting. "When I was six," a voiceover proclaims, "I knew of something separate and strange." A figure with a black veil appears before a caged bird and comes face-to-face with another woman. A human bird figure appears in a mirror. The veiled figure spits a blood-like substance into a bowl. The bird is released from its cage and perches on a woman's arm. A blindfolded man with a rope around his neck holds a bouquet of flowers with an outstretched arm. "I am no dutiful daughter," says the unseen narrator, at the same time as one witnesses the child return to the knitting woman's side with a man, to create a seeming picture of family harmony. The soundtrack is credited to Harris Barron.

"Artist's Showcase" was a series designed to showcase video art and experimental work from WGBH. The program ran on Sunday evenings at 11 P.M., from the fall of 1976 through 1982. In the early 1970's, "Artist's Showcase" was the only consistent broadcast outlet for many of the Workshop productions. Most materials of broadcast quality created at WGBH in the mid-1970's were shown as part of this series. Additionally, earlier video art experiments and segments of related shows, such as "Mixed Bag" or "What's Happening Mr. Silver" were broadcast under these auspices. This series was also a broadcast outlet for a handful of works by video artists that were not created at WGBH but only acquired for this purpose. Some compilation reels showing highlights of Workshop activity were also broadcast.
Children, Drama, Memory
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