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April 8, 2011 / mollywillows

as i was moving ahead, occasionally i saw brief glimpses of beauty.

jonas mekas is largely regarded as the god-father of avant garde cinema.

 

[a fragment from one of his 8mm films, called as i was moving ahead, occasionally i saw brief glimpses of beauty]

 

in 1963, he spoke seemingly prophetically of the legacy 8mm film would hold:

“the day is close when the 8mm home-movie footage will be collected and appreciated as folk art, like songs and the lyric poetry that was created by the people. blind as we are, it will take us a few more years to see it, but some people see it already. they see the beauty of the sunsets taken by a bronx woman when she passed through the arizona desert; travelogue footage, awkward footage that will suddenly sing with an unexpected rapture; the brooklyn bridge footage; the spring cherry blossoms footage; the coney island footage; the orchard street footage—time is laying a veil of poetry over them.”


fucking. brilliant.

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