How Many Fingers?

Alan Fox and Andrew J. Paterson

1981, 08:30 minutes, colour, English


How Many Fingers? attempts to apply narrative video structure to the music video genre. Most music tapes are simply advertisements. This tape focuses on the dramatic possibilities inherent in the music and the song lyrics. The title is from George Orwell's 1984, a novel about discipline. Therefore, it is appropriate that How Many Fingers? is set in a media saturated institution. The patient is tortured via a quiz show, with electrodes, and via over-exposure to the title question. At the end of the tape the patient is still confused by the question, therefore he will be treated again and again.

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