Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Watch This: Shirley Clarke's Color-filled, Experimental, Anti-war Film BUTTERFLY


Experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke (1919-1997) began her career as a dancer and her films reflect her interest in kinetic motion. They really move, even when the camera stands still. Here is a film she made in protest of the Vietnam war in 1967. Clarke herself is featured along with her daughter Wendy. It is an object lesson in how to say a lot with the materials at hand, and how to make visual music with colors and textures. The film itself was scratched, gouged and burned with corrosive chemicals.

Enjoy:

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