Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Great Abstract "Direct" Films by Len Lye from the 30s!

"Some stunning early films from the 1930s (!) by New Zealand “direct” film (generally camera-less; images painted and scratched directly onto the film itself) innovator, sculptor and “least boring person who ever lived” Len Lye. These films are pure enjoyment of color and composition and an obvious influence on Stan Brakhage‘s later amazing though far less fun work. Swinging the Lambeth Walk is particularly beautiful; in essence a music video for Django Reinhardt‘s tune of the same name"

1 comment:

  1. I saw some of these at the Drawing Center (NYC) a few years ago & it's great to revisit, thanks for the link.


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