Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc. (1966)


The ‘imperfections’ of filmmaking, which are normally suppressed, are at the core of a work that uses a brief loop made from a Kodak colour test. “The dirtiest film ever made,” is one of the earliest examples of the film material dictating the film content. It may seem minimal, but keep looking – there’s so much going on.

Director: Owen Land.


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One Comment

  1. Tveitt Irgens
    February 21, 2022

    Today many film makers seek out these effects for special narrative purposes, so Owen Land succeded, I guess. It’s very difficult for modern film-makers to mimick old film scratches and other artefacts such as these. Their digital effect filters don’t cut it. But they seem to like the aesthetics.

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