Great primer on Muybridge that made me develop a much bigger appreciation for him than seeing his work in museums has ever done. The most fascinating thing: his work, unlike that of Lumieres, Edison, etc., was truly transgressive. How did we go from such diversity to a 100 years of predominantly white, heterosexual, able-bodied cinema?
"Eadweard Mubridge, Zoopraxographer" nos habla sobre la vida del primer y único zoopraxógrafo, los inicios de su carrera como fotógrafo desde 1867, (la cual incluye retratos en exteriores y el uso del estereógrafo), su trabajo sobre Locomoción Animal (en el significado más amplio de la palabra locomoción), la zoopraxografía descriptiva. Reseña completa en Letterboxd: https://boxd.it/rR6kP
Good explanation of the persistence of vision. Good overview of Muybridge's photographic career. In photography class, we were told that he first studied horse movement to settle the debate of whether all four hooves were ever not in contact with the ground while galloping. Wonder if his tragic marriage left him preoccupied with how he had missed the affair--a penchant for replaying small actions over and over again?
If it really wanted to fly me over the moon, it would have used Simmel or something to contrast the impulses behind the early landscape photography with the zoophrxography. Not that I have any notion of how that would play out! Lots to chew on here in between the lines of voiceover - a testament to some stellar craftsmanship.
Perhaps even more about sculpting in time than dear Andrei is known to have defined in his films. Thom Andersen's look at Muybridge's legacy has made film geek academics become more than quantified, multiform, and in motion. Muybridge presaged the motion picture camera and projector, but also certain modernist aesthetics still extant today. For such formal analysis, we almost feel a metaphysical door opening.
Redemptive and endlessly fascinating, Andersen and co-directors spent 10 years animating Muybridge's motion studies, bringing the figures to life in a way that the protocinematic figure was not able to in his career. It may appear dry and didactic at first, but stick with it for subtle essayistic insights along the way. Dean Stockwell narrates.
At barely an hour in length there's a lot to take in . Andersen's reflections include biographical insights to the sometimes obsessive nature of this work and film theory exploring the relationship between Muybride's technological advancements and his work's capacity to enlighten on an almost philosophical level. One of the best essay on film. Masterpiece.