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Bill Madden - Francesca

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Published on Oct 19, 2014

“Francesca” is a poetic account of moments in the life of American photographer Francesca Woodman, who committed suicide by jumping out of an East Village, New York City apartment window in 1981 at age 22.

Filmed in the wilderness of Quebec, Canada, the film reveals Francesca in solitude “in her patterned, dishabille of flowered flea market dresses”, whose prints are analogous to the plants in the surrounding landscape.

"Francesca" was directed by art photographer and filmmaker, Gaëna da Sylva. da Sylva’s abstract poetic short films combine the magic of movement and static photography often using a multi-layered approach. In this art film, da Sylva portrays Woodman with shadowy imagery, suffusing the lyrics, “ghostly images appear like gossamer blurred apparitions” of singer-songwriter and musician Bill Madden.
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In her patterned
Dishabille
Of flowered flea
Market dresses
A naked limb
An arm, a leg
A breast, and yet her
Face not in the frame
Francesca
The mystery begins

Ghostly images
Appear like
Gossamer blurred
Apparitions
Velvet, fur
Taffeta, tulle
A shutter blinks
You dissolve into yourself
Francesca
Your secret is hidden

Life she said, is like
Old coffee-cup sediment

Almost thirty years
And now
I’m looking down
From a similar window
As you leapt
To the littered street
I wonder what release
Was in your mind
Francesca
That cold
That cold
That cold January

All she left
Are negatives
And silver gelatin
All she left
Are negatives
And silver gelatin

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  • Song

  • Artist

    • Bill Madden
  • Album

    • New Religion
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • The Orchard Music (on behalf of MADMUSE); Audiam (Publishing), ASCAP

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