by Steven McCabe
Experiments at the Hadron Collider
were perhaps on my mind
as I digitally revised
the image of a crowd
observing an early flying machine.
The serendipity of the moment
I realized I wanted
to add text.
The first page I turned to,
in the first book I opened,
a paperback I bought for one dollar
many years ago
Cinema in Revolution,
mentioned the word aeroplane
‘Generally speaking the character of the local people helped us a lot.
They are very sensible.
Nothing surprises them; they continued about their business
without paying any attention to the camera.
They did all the market scenes themselves,
at our request,
perfectly calmly and amiably
and exactly as we wanted.
They are really excellent people.
When we needed to collect a large number of them
together for the final scenes,
the aeroplane served as bait.
We offered them trips in the plane.
Well, as I say, nothing surprised them!
They saw an aeroplane for the first time in their lives,
and they got into it as calmly as might be –
a man must not show that he is frightened of anything.
As for the monks, the lamas, it was even more simple:
they said that all this had already existed long ago,
only men had not considered it useful,
so had forgotten it…
Pudovkin was very impressed by all this.
We made the film,
with a very strong feeling
for all its living material.’
Interview recorded in Moscow (1965)
Anatoli Goloynya – Cinematographer,
Storm Over Asia.
Page 149, Cinema in Revolution,
Hill and Wang, 1973.
Edited by Luda and Jean Schnitzer
and Marcel Martin.
Translated by David Robinson.
As a result of the Khrushchev cultural thaw
Russians were able to see the work
of the Soviet experimental filmmakers
for the first time
since they were suppressed
Director Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1928 film
Storm Over Asia
can be found on YouTube.
an archaeological expedition working in Egypt
discovered hieroglyphs of flying machines
at an ancient temple in Abydos,
several hundred miles south of Cairo.
I do not claim copyright to the original image
of spectators & the flying machine
I have revised the image to create a new work
for non-commercial purposes.