Pneuma

Nathaniel Dorsky

Painstaking materials research using various pieces of unexposed 16mm film stock. A meditative elegy of light.

In Stoic philosophy, 'pneuma' is the 'soul' or fiery wind permeating the body, and at death survives the body but as impersonal energy. The images in this film come from an extensive collection of outdated raw stock that has been processed without being exposed, and sometimes rephotographed in closer format. Each pattern of grain takes on its own emotional life, an evocation of different aspects of our own being. A world is revealed that is alive with the organic deterioration of film itself, the essence of cinema in its before-image, preconceptual purity. (ND)

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Directors
Nathaniel Dorsky
Production country & year
USA - 1983
Length
27 min
Producer
Nathaniel Dorsky
Sales
Nathaniel Dorsky
Camera
Nathaniel Dorsky
Editor
Nathaniel Dorsky
Medium
Film
Format
16mm