Critical Writing Index

Johan Grimonprez: Dial History

by Roberta Smith

The New York Times, Sept. 12, 1997

Review of Johan Grimonprez's film Dial History which showed in New York in 1997. at Deitch Projects, SoHo. Mixing footage from televised airplane hijackings with propaganda films of revolutionary leaders, as well as excerpts form silent films, diplomatic training videos, airline commercials and cartoons, Dial History documents the relationship of media to terrorist acts. Reviewer Roberta Smith finds that Grimonprez suggests "not a world of competing good guys and bad guys, but of inept characters all around. "

ITEM 1997.129 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Dial HistoryJohan Grimonprez