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Film No. 4 ("Bottoms") by Yoko Ono, 1966

"This film is composed of a series of shots of people's moving backsides, framed and edited so that the entire screen is filled with one bare bottom after another. The soudtrack tbat accompanied the second version is made up of the comments of the unidentified subjects of the film talking about the process of being filmed."

Arias and Objects, Barbara Haskell & John G. Hanhardt, 1991


"The longer version of No. 4, Ono's first non-Fluxus film, marks a transition in her filmmaking. She shot the film at the Belgravia house of Victor Musgrave, aided by (Tony) Cox, during a long stay in London. Ono developed the structure of the earlier No. 4 by expanding the number of bottoms (theoretically to 365, one for each day of the year), encouraging both friends and associates to participate by placing an advertisement in the newspaper, extending the film's length to 80 minutes, and including a soundtrack."

"For Ono, one of the most important parts of the film was its rhythm, created by constantly varying physical character and movement of each set of buttocks. The soundtrack both interrupts and reinforces that rhythm, while refusing the conventional match of sound and image. It includes enthusiastic, cautious, and intrigued reactions from from participants and friends, descriptions of their experiences, and a press interview with Ono, contrasting with the monotonous, claustrophobic space of the screen, which the large images of naked male and female bottoms fill continuously, dividing it into four parts."

"The longer version of No. 4 was privately screened, then banned in London by the British Board of Film Censors, a decision protested by Ono with a small, peaceful (daffodil) demonstration. (The third image from the top) A few weeks later, the Greater London Council Licencing Committee granted the film an x-rating certificate."

YES Yoko Ono, Japan Society, Inc., Chrissie Iles, 2000

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