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Mothlight ()


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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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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

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Also Known As
  • Мотыльковый свет (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • To fos tis nyhtopetaloudas (Greece)
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  • 4 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Jacket (2005). See more »

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