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The Lead Shoes (1949)

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The Lead Shoes (1949) is an experimental or surrealist film directed by Sidney Peterson at Workshop 20 at the San Francisco Art Institute. The film was made using distorting lenses.

On December 30, 2009, it was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and will be preserved for all time.[1]

"In the Lead Shoes, we can neither thrust in our eyes nor our ears to help us understand how time flows or how space is. Therefore, Peterson forces us to take both space and time as relative experiences. The consistent disorientation in the film and our consistent inability to perceive them in absolute terms become the main subject of the film. Peterson makes us aware that space and time are more complicated than we think they are and they should be experienced in a more open-minded way." -

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