CURVES AND CONTRASTS: THE CAMERA ART OF ROBERT STEELE

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Artistic, stylised Adagio dancing by Freda Stark and Harold Robinson and one other man. They are naked and covered in gold paint.

“Harold choreographed the piece. It was designed to showcase Freda’s natural aptitude of standing still and displaying the perfect line of her body. Her arms were magical in that they presented a natural line. It took hours of filming to perfect.”
“Harold confirmed the film was only shown at Robert Steele’s private functions. John Tudehope described reaction to the film as ‘mixed’. ” (email from Dianne Miller, Freda Stark’s biographer)

“In presenting curves and contrasts, may I say that these studies are taken as experiments in lighting, all of them being in my favourite style of low key.” (Robert Steele)

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Year 1946

Reference number F23845

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Performance

Duration 0:05:10

Production company Neuline Film Studios

Credits Director: Robert Steele
Editor: Robert Steele
Camera: Les Fraser
Photography: John Tudehope
Dancers: Freda Stark
Dancers: Harold Robinson
Choreography: Harold Robinson
The Music Was Possibly Written: Ron Robbins