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Il Capo (The Chief), a clip from Yuri Ancarani’s 2010 documentary

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At Monte Bettolgi quarry in the Apuan Alps of Northwest Italy, huge marble blocks fall like thunder. A silent conductor, the quarry boss, signals to the excavator operators using concise hand gestures as they dislodge the gigantic white chunks of metamorphic rock on his command.

pulling apart a slab of marble
From Nowness, this is a clip from Il Capo (The Chief), a 2010 documentary by filmmaker Yuri Ancarani:

β€œMarble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets… I was so taken by the chief, watching him work,” says Ancarani, who’s film is currently showing as part of Artists’ Films International, a touring program of film, video and animation, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. β€œHow he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.”

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via Gizmodo.

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