MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 47,844 this week

Mothlight (1963)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,349 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 7 critic

A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 11 Feb 2011
 
a list of 500 titles
created 02 Dec 2012
 
a list of 8501 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mothlight" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mothlight (1963)

Mothlight (1963) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mothlight.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

From a murky landscape, a wooded mountain emerges. We watch the sun. We see a bearded man climbing up the mountain through the snow. He carries an ax, and he's accompanied by a dog. His ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage
Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage
Cat's Cradle (1959)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage
Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A collage of two-dimensional images of vegetation, each appearing only for a moment, sometimes as a single image, more often with other bits of stem, leaf, bud, or petal. Often we see only ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sexual intimacy. Three kinds of images race past, superimposed on each other sometimes: two bodies, a man and a woman's, close up, nude - patches of skin, wisps of hair, glimpses of a face ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage
Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage
Black Ice (1994)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A lateral descent through the midnight blues and blacks of ice and the refracted colors from absorbed oils.

Director: Stan Brakhage
Eye Myth (1967)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After the title, a white screen gives way to a series of frames suggestive of abstract art, usually with one or two colors dominating and rapid change in the images. Two figures emerge from... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage
Night Music (1986)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Stan Brakhage
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A stand of birches. Sunlight brightens and dims, revealing more or less of the woods. A little grass is on the forest floor. Is there a shape in the shadows? Something green is out of focus... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A solitary flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a phone off the hook: discordant images a woman sees as she comes home. She naps and, ... See full summary »

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
A Movie (1958)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Bruce Conner
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Peter Kubelka
Arnulf Rainer (1960)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Director: Peter Kubelka
Edit

Storyline

Seemingly at random, the wings and other bits of moths and insects move rapidly across the screen. Most are brown or sepia; up close, we can see patterns within wings, similar to the veins in a leaf. Sometimes the images look like paper cutouts, like Matisse. Green objects occasionally appear. Most wings are translucent. The technique makes them appear to be stuck directly to the film. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

wings | insect | brown | sepia | moth | See more »

Genres:

Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

9 April 2004 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

To fos tis nyhtopetaloudas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in The Jacket (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lights ... Action
27 December 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I've just watched 'Mothlight (1963)' - my first film from the Stan Brakhage - twice in a row, and I'm no closer to working it out. Experimental filmmakers usually have some purpose in mind with their work, some aesthetic or thematic goal to which they are aspiring. What the case may be with 'Mothlight' is beyond me. I've heard some critics venture that it represents the world as experienced through a moth's eyes, but how this is achieved by gluing plants and dead insects onto celluloid is another matter. Certainly the most interesting facet of this four-minute short is that it was produced entirely without a camera, Brakhage having attached the organic fragments directly to the filmstrip. Is there beauty in these images? To a certain degree, I think, but each frame darts by so incredibly quickly that its difficult to appreciate what you are seeing. Every jarring movement is like being awakened from a dream, several times a second, such that you end up not getting any dreaming done at all.

I've probably committed a mortal sin by adding music to a film that is presumably supposed to be silent, but I thought that Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" actually brought an agreeable rhythm to the continuous stream of shifting images. This result, now that I think of it, is probably the antithesis of what Brakhage had intended, for, viewed alone, his animation (which effectively re-animates the dead, as one author put it) has a jarring feel about it, as though you're driving and insects keep splatting against your windscreen, bringing your vehicle to a standstill at every jolt. Film is a medium that relies upon light for its existence, and its light-created images often have the power to captivate and entrance us – just as a moth is drawn instinctively towards the glow of a lantern. In a way, I suppose, it is the audience that is the moth in this case, seated in the darkness, our attention lured towards the images of light on the cinema screen. Heck, I already feel like I'm reading too far into it.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Mothlight (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page