Stan Brakhage

Mothlight (1963) 16mm, color, 4.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Hand-processed

8mm reduction only on sale from Stan Brakhage. What a moth might see from birth to death if black were white and white were black. Brakhage made MOTHLIGHT without a camera. He just pasted mothwings and flowers on a clear strip of film and ran it through the printing machine. -- Jonas Mekas. MOTHLIGHT is a paradoxical preservation of pieces of dead moths in the eternal medium of light (which is life and draws the moth to death); so it flutters through its very disintegration. This abstract of flight captures matter's struggle to assume its proper form; the death of the moth does not cancel its nature, which on the filmstrip asserts itself. MOTHLIGHT is one level a parable of death and resurrection, but most really concerns the persistence of the essential form, image, and motion of being. -- Ken Kelman. Brussels International; Film Festival, 1964 Spoleto Film Festival, 1966

Rental: $35.00
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