CYCLING THE FRAME and THE INVISIBLE FRAME (Cynthia Beatt, 1988, 2009)

Twenty-one years apart, Berlin-based documentarian Cynthia Beatt made two films about the Berlin Wall. “Cycling the Frame,” a fine though slight piece made for television, strikes us as at least obliquely prophetic of the fall of the Berlin Wall that would shortly arrive. Tilda Swinton, Beatt’s visible surrogate while also playing herself, rides her bicycle […]