Thursday, January 05, 2006Confession
Okay, so here's the honest truth.
When I said this:
Go ahead, tape bug parts to a strip of 16mm and run it through the projector, Stan; I'll get the popcorn.
... I was actually sort of, you know, full of shit. The reality is that I had never seen Mothlight (Stan Brakhage's 4-minute 1963 experiment using bug parts and plant matter arranged between two layers of tape) when I said that. And I felt a little guilty about it. So I went out, found it, rented it, brought it home, and watched it.
It was good. If you like that sort of thing. I definitely preferred it to Duchamp's circles. It was helpful to have Brakhage's commentary on the film, explaining what he was doing and where the film came from... I won't spoil it for you, but it involved his grief in his inability to feed his children properly because of the expense of making all those damn films. So full points for using what you had to hand on this one, Stan.
I could also mention that Brakhage, it turns out, was a film professor in Colorado for many years, and taught (among many others, I'm sure) Matt Stone and Trey Parker... which means that in some twisted joke of the cosmos, without the sublime abstraction of Mothlight, we might never have had the pleasure of watching Martha Stewart stuff a whole turkey up her ass. I say this somewhat warily, but I think that must be indicative of some lamentable degredation of the state of film art. But who am I to judge? |