Incident in a Glass Blower's Shop1969
Dir. Byron Bauer, 16mm Color Sound 00:13:00
A UCLA student film by Byron Bauer. A contemporary example of the fictional psychodrama, in this instance dealing with the Jekyll/Hyde complex. Beautifully photographed winner of innumerable film festival awards; selected by the U.S. Information Agency for a special program of student film utilized for a tour of the mid-East countries. 'A lonely old glass-blower lives in a world of his own fragile reations. One night after having made a beautiful crystal swan, he hears a prowler break into his shop. Hiding in a corner, he watches the intruder smash his entire stock. Suddenly, the glass-blower recognizes the assailant as himself. He stands alone amid his smashed world. In the morning, the glass-blower sweeps up the scattered glass, patches up his broken swan, and stares at the lights of the outside world as they flash through his window. An intriguing film, Incident could be interpreted many ways. Themes of alienation, loneliness, sensitivity and creative frustrations are but a few topics of discussion which this short could raise. It is highly recommended for use with sophisticated senior highs through adults.' - Media for Christian Formation.
'Like a carefully crafted short story, this psychological tale of the terrifying, unsettled personality of a superficially calm man evokes an atmosphere of loneliness and suspense by means of fine acting, definitive editing, and outstanding lighting effects. There is a fascination about the soundless man who gazes at his glasswork while various hues of light play over his impassive face and by the violence of his destruction, made all the more terrifying by the squealing and scurrying of rats. This student film is remarkably well produced and will be an excellent addition to entertainment and film study programs and will provide an interesting basis for discussion when presented in public library film programs.' - American Library Association, 'The Booklist.'
[Source: Creative Film Society Catalog, 1975]