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...
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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. The light flashes, and the screen goes dark from time to time. We look up close at the bark of trees. Is the god of the forest to be seen?Written by
This film is included on "By Brakhage: an Anthology", which is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #184. See more »
Cosmic horror hidden in plain sight
The Wold Shadow is a series of shots taken with a still camera through a glass with various levels of paint on it. The camera is aimed at a fairly normal section of forest. As different frames have different amounts of light due to the position of the sun and clouds and different amounts of paint the same area looks different from one frame to the next. There's one spot that seems to remain dark constantly. Naturally the viewer begins to wonder what this area could be. Suddenly, the image changes completely and the entire frame resembles deep space; the last few seconds of the film reminded me of some of the more fantastic shots taken by the Hubble Telescope. The implication is that there's an entire world that always lurks just out of sight; a world that is both is vast and unimaginable. To me this works as a sort of Lovecraftian horror though I gather my interpretation isn't the normal one. This is an amazing short, one of Brakhage's best.
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