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Mothlight (1963)

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

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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>

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Not the best, but started something...
7 November 2002 | by (Denver, CO., USA) – See all my reviews

"Mothlight" was one of the first films created by avant garde legend Stan Brakhage. His famous experimentations with film throughout the years have made him a film icon, and have resulted in over 300 amazing shorts (Ascension, The Dante Quartet). "Mothlight" started this tradition with its release in 1963. Brakhage simply had animal (insect) parts, along with foliage and other objects and actually glued them to the film itself. The end result is a creation of a shifting pattern of grace. Running at four minutes (and I suspect four frames per second) "Mothlight" gives us insight to a smaller world around us; that of which we aren't aware. "Mothlight" isn't too visually stunning, especially when compared to some of his other films, but it was very influential in the avant garde community, along with many new film techniques. (where would David Fincher be?!) Overall, great for its time in starting something. A must watch for all those film students, and one to set the tempo for other amazing Brakhage films...


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