An anarchic collage of invention, Rubber Cement uses Rotoscoped family footage together with found objects to create an almost free-form animation bursting with colour and movement. Abounding with allusions to the film making process and references to the history of animation (including a guest appearance by Felix the Cat), Breer conjures up – with the use of travelling mattes to let live action and animated images appear together – a joyous film full of warmth and humour.
“Hurray for a formless film, a non-literary, non-musical, picture film that doesn’t tell a story, become and abstract dance, or deliver a message. A film with no escape from the pictures. A film where words are pictures or sounds and skip around the way thoughts do. An experience itself like eating, looking, running, like an object, a tree, buildings, drips and crashes. A film that instead of making sense is sense.”
Robert Breer: Rubber cement… I think it’s just a nice word, don’t you think? Or a phrase or whatever it is.
Robert Gardner: Yes, it goes very trippingly on the tongue.
I mean, rubber and cement, they don’t really go together.
It’s another one of your oppositions.
Another one of my oppositions.
Robert Gardner in conversation with Rubber Breer2