On this day in 1971, two short films by John Lennon (with directing help from his partner, Yoko Ono) were shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
In the 18-minute Apotheosis you see the camera pan up the bodies of Lennon and Ono, while they are huddled together underneath a large cloak. The camera follows on up into the sky above a village, higher and higher across snow-covered fields (the camera was mounted in a hot-air balloon, which we never see- though we hear the device that heats the air) and then up into the clouds; the screen becomes completely white for several minutes, and finally, the camera rises out into the sunny skyscraper above the clouds.
Fly is much shorter, running a total of 2 minutes and 27 seconds. It follows a fly as it walks on the toes and body of a nude female. Shot in extreme closeup (and accompanied by Ono’s irritating “song”), the film was meant to celebrate the human body.