This animated gif of the Babe "working the room for his supper," featured in our October 2007 Instalanched post "When madness struck," was one of several moving pictures starring the Chelsea Grays.
As part of our Baby photo retrospective we offer republication of "Lengthy sequences without dialogue" from August 2007. But first, a full listing, with highlights, of other Chelsea Gray film reviews:
"Mews and whispers," January 2004: "Ominous use of dark and light and lengthy sequences without dialogue characterize both Tiny and Baby's and Ingmar Bergman's films."
"Is it time yet?" October 2007: "Tiny, above, using the Think System to evoke the magic words — Want your suppers? — that will conjure up the bowls of Friskies 'Special Diet.'"
"The sounds of silence," October 2007: "As the mystical moment of incantation — Want your suppers? — drew near, the brooding Bergmanesque mask of 'Meows and whispurrs' slipped a little, Tiny's eyes glazing over and Baby's restive gaze and tilt of the head seeming to say 'Come on, Grandma. Let's eat!'"
Now here's our repost of "Lengthy sequences without dialogue" from August 2007 in full:
"Ominous use of dark and light and lengthy sequences without dialogue characterize both Tiny and Baby's and Ingmar Bergman's films," we wrote a couple of years back, comparing the cinematographic style of the Chelsea Grays' "Want your supper?" with that of the great Swedish director's "The Virgin Spring." Now, this very afternoon, in the magic light of a setting sun, Baby (left) and Tiny are at it again, inviting our camera's eye to explore the sounds of silence.
John Singer Sargent's portrait of the Daughters of Edward Darley Boit also came to mind. (1882, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Oil on canvas) "Its composition was criticized for its 'four corners and a void,' the children not having any relationship to each other," according to one web site, but for us in this Chekhovian day and age of everyone's talking past each other -- whether or not intended by the artist -- the lack of communication amongst players perfectly catches the spirit of the age.