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The Phantom of the Operator by Caroline Martel
February 27, 2008, 12:40 am
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The Phantom of the Operator, a film by Caroline Martel…

The 20th Century had its invisible workforce: telephone operators. Not just “voices with a smile”, they starred in managerial dreams of infinite progress. LE FANTÔME DE L’OPÉRATRICE reveals their fate in a unique montage film crafted from 150 rarely-seen industrial, publicity and scientific management films produced in North America between 1903 and 1989. The voice of celebrated Quebec actress PASCALE MONTPETIT accompanies us on this voyage of science and fiction. Director Caroline Martel and her collaborators spent 50 weeks over four years splicing together fantastic remnants from an industrial era into this dreamlike documentary. LE FANTÔME DE L’OPÉRATRICE proposes a fascinating portrait of human society in a technocratic age.

“an enormously imaginative documentary… an hour of non-stop visual and intellectual stimulation.” – VARIETY

 

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