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 like that we have the odd short film - I don't see that many usually and it also gives me a chance to catch up!
Love this and it works well to jazz.
As a kiwi I should plump for this being described as a New Zealand film (but shan't argue).
His sculptures are great as well.
A true NZ icon.
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.
3.5 ⁞ Choosing this rhythmic based music makes a perfect fit, allowing a sort of hypnotic feeling or trip. The apparent simple technique of scratching the film comes with great effect, resulting in shapes and movement that are, visually, very captivating. Personally, I think I would try to find some space for a more specific intention or motivation at some point in the film. Still great as a pure experimental work.