Monday, August 23, 2010
Film No. 5 (1968) by Yoko Ono

Above: Still from Film No. 5 by Yoko Ono, 'SMILE' starring John Lennon

Starring John Lennon
Camera: William Wareing
Sound: John Lennon
Light: Garden
Music by John Lennon
Instruction: bring your own instrument.

In August 1968, Yoko Ono directed two films, shot in the same afternoon in the garden of John Lennon’s house ‘Kenwood’ in Weybridge. The first film was called Number 5, but it has also been known as SMILE.

A special high-speed camera was used to film John’s facial expressions as he stuck out his tongue, wiggled his eyebrows and gave fleeting smiles over 3 minutes. The camera was able to take 20,000 frames per minute, which enabled the film to last 52 minutes. Yoko initially considered making Number 5 four hours long, but this was considered impractical and the finished movie ran for 52 minutes. It premiered at the Chicago Film Festival in 1968.

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