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Picture of Light (1994) FotW #341

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Picture of Light (1994) FotW #341

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Post by Cocoa » July 12th, 2020, 4:39 pm

Film of the Week #341: Picture of Light (1994)

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A documentary of an expedition to Churchill, Manitoba to film the Northern Lights.

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#686(⇧58, #744) Picture of Light (1994)
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Directed by: Peter Mettler
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Post by Fergenaprido » July 12th, 2020, 6:53 pm

Good film. 7.6/10

Haven't managed to see any of Mettler's other films since then, and I don't normally care for experimental films, but this one worked for me. I was drawn into it because of the northern lights, but the whole film kept me interested even when the focus wasn't on them. It's been a couple years so I don't remember much from the film aside from the fact that it's pretty and I liked it.

Recommended (and then post about it in the Canadian challenge! :p )

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Post by sol » July 13th, 2020, 1:36 am

Watched this one just last week for the current Canadian Challenge. Possibly the best of the 51 films that I have seen so far. :wub:

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What I wrote about the film on the current weekly thread:

More than just a documentary about an expedition to film the Northern Lights in Manitoba, this is a documentary about the very nature of film itself and how we live "in a time where things don't seem to exist if they are not captured as an image". This conflict drives much of the project with director Peter Mettler even recalling how he had to resist "the impulse to get my camera" at one point since it would ruin his memory of what he was seeing. Something else thought-provoking arises from the difficulties that the crew have in filming the natural phenomenon; maybe some things were never meant to be filmed? What footage we do see is enchanting though with superb accompanying audio. Unfortunately there are too many interviews in between the footage, but it is easy to see why this considered to be one of Canada's finest films.
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Post by Traveller » July 16th, 2020, 4:14 pm

I’ve seen Mettler’s Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002) earlier this month, and while not as great I enjoyed this one very much too. Beautiful imagery and again at times this state of finding oneself getting lost in it, which I experienced also in the former. Have to check out more of him in the future.
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Post by prodigalgodson » July 16th, 2020, 5:18 pm

Thank you guys so much for introducing me to this movie! I loved it so much I've been watching everything else I can find from Mettler.

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Post by cinewest » July 17th, 2020, 4:46 am

This is streamable on prime, so I will watch it tonight if I can (been in my queue for awhile, and now I have impetus)

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Post by Traveller » July 17th, 2020, 5:44 am

prodigalgodson wrote:
July 16th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Thank you guys so much for introducing me to this movie! I loved it so much I've been watching everything else I can find from Mettler.
Anything that stood out among the rest? The End of Time (2012) is currently the one I would like to see next.
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Post by prodigalgodson » July 18th, 2020, 9:31 pm

Traveller wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 5:44 am
prodigalgodson wrote:
July 16th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Thank you guys so much for introducing me to this movie! I loved it so much I've been watching everything else I can find from Mettler.
Anything that stood out among the rest? The End of Time (2012) is currently the one I would like to see next.
Gambling, Gods, and LSD is the other behemoth that's stood out so far. Loved Petropolis and Balifilm too. Tectonic Plates and The End of Time are next in the queue.

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Post by Traveller » July 20th, 2020, 5:00 pm

prodigalgodson wrote:
July 18th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Traveller wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 5:44 am
prodigalgodson wrote:
July 16th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Thank you guys so much for introducing me to this movie! I loved it so much I've been watching everything else I can find from Mettler.
Anything that stood out among the rest? The End of Time (2012) is currently the one I would like to see next.
Gambling, Gods, and LSD is the other behemoth that's stood out so far. Loved Petropolis and Balifilm too. Tectonic Plates and The End of Time are next in the queue.
That’s the one I’ve seen so far besides Picture of Light - liked it even more. I saw your post on the weekly thread earlier, will have to check out some of the others you mentioned there. Thanks.
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Post by blocho » July 22nd, 2020, 3:20 pm

Watched this last night. When it comes to Mettler doing his "deep thoughts" narration on top of swirling visual imagery, I could watch all day. In other regards, when we're not getting philosophical pearls of wisdom, the movie is uneven. And the sound design was literally painful at times.

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