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Analysis #2: The Materiality of Film

The materiality of films change depending on the type of film or the director. Many of the experimental directors of the 1960s had messed with the materiality of the film to provide a new outlook on the film making process. In Mothlight (Stan Brakhage, 1963), Brakhage had shown what true experimental films are about.

This film was three minutes of footage that Brakhage had created by hand. Brakhage had glued various items to a roll of film and played it back. He felt, by adding the various items, that he was reanimating them and giving them some more life. This film strip consisted of moth wings, leaves of grass and dead files.

Brakhage had stated that he saw these moths flying into the light which kills them, and feeling that they should have some more life. He felt that as he added their wings to the film strip, he was giving them back some of the life they had lost. He was reanimating these dead creatures to make an art form reachable to anyone.

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~ by Kat Roughneen on December 16, 2011.

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