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Mothlight (1963)

| Short | 1963 (USA)
A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.

Director:

Stan Brakhage
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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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wings | insect | brown | sepia | moth | See All (15) »

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No camera was used to make this short movie: legs, wings and other parts of butterflies were glued directly on the filmstrip, thus creating a shifting pattern of unsurpassed beauty. See more »

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Referenced in Watercolor (2016) See more »

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Good Idea/Colorful but Dull
13 May 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

We see the world through butterfly wings. Every millisecond another colorful wing passes before us. It isn't long before we want to go outside and get some fresh air. It's just not that interesting because there is no real center.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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