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.
If the first Len Lye films were too obvious in their creation, with images littered with identical stamps, I have absolutely no idea how he did this. The illusion of 3D depth using 2D animation seems like a given now, revealing its core is mind-boggling.
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.