In arguably his greatest film, Lye reduces the medium to its most basic elements by scratching designs on black film…and synchroniz[ing] the images to traditional African music (a field tape of the Bagirmi tribe).
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I love the fact that in order to do a film, you don't even need to have a film camera. How brilliant is that? Loved his films. I saw 3D animations popping into my head. It was so groundbreaking for me to watch this film and to discover even more possibilities within this seemless finite medium.
Diese sehr einfachen Klänge rufen in mir eine Stimmung hervor, die ich sonst nur vom Capoeira kenne und die darin besteht, dass ich instinktiv den Takt der Musik in eine ruhige Bewegung umsetze. Dies im Kontrast zu den hektisch tanzenden Linien erzeugt ein Spannungsfeld aus An- und Entspannung, sodass sich eine Art Trance einstellt. Erstaunlich, wie wenig es für einen guten Film braucht.
It's nice but a bit dated. You could probably make a case against it out of a post-colonial stance: what exactly is happening here in this western appropriation of black tribe music? Why is there no context?
It is too short and there is no deep content, so it can be judged only as a simple and minimal expression. What can be interesting is the image/audio synchronization, which is enjoyable. An original idea is the fact that the director has scratched the film negative to create the only visual content.
Cinema is magic to me in an easily identifiable way - often I don't understand how something is done. It's also why I gravitate towards electronic music and make no efforts to understand the mechanics. I only understand words - sampling, looping, midi. This both fits the bill and doesn't; I can't see what's happening but I get it. In a respect its satisfying but unexciting. Forgive my boring response to experimental.