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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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To fos tis nyhtopetaloudas  »

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a short movie without the use of a camera
3 October 1999 | by (amsterdam, the netherlands) – See all my reviews

No camera was used to make this dazzling short movie: legs, wings and other parts of butterflies were glued directly on the filmstrip, thus creating a shifting pattern of unsurpassed beauty. The way Brakhage extents the possibilities of his medium is typical of 1960's experimental film-making.


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