Random Movies (1972)

Random Movies (1972)

Part of


  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (filmmaker)


Random Movies (1972)

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 3 digital files (740 MB)

Scope and Content

The project series documents the film "Random Movies" produced by Pettena in 1972. The project consists of a film created by Pettena with randomly selected filmstrips of film reels that were going to be thrown away. The film was then presented to the public in Salt Lake City without anyone looking at the content before. The filmstrips "were out-of-date promotional films, many of them in two copies, commercial advertisements as well as electoral propaganda. So the screening proved particularly provocative for an audience that had come to attend a “cultured” lecture and found themselves, in an insistent manner, treated as an audience of “advertising skits.” "[1]

The project series contains project descriptions in English and in Italian, a film still and a digital version of the film.


[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/ff-random-movies-1972-1/ (last accessed 12 November 2019).

Reference Number



Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.


Salt Lake City Utah United States

Language of material

English, Italian


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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1972.PR06.001
    • Title: Project descriptions and movie still, Random Movies
    • Dates of creation: 2012 - 2015
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0


    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)


    Most common file formats: Microsoft Word for Windows, JPEG File Interchange Format

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3 digital files (740 KB)

    Conditions governing access:

    • Digital material can only be accessed on-site. Please contact Reference at ref@cca.qc.ca for more information. Access by appointment only.

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena


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