Thursday, October 1, 2009

Monkeys' Moon

Pool Films resulted from the creative collaboration of writers Kenneth Macpherson and Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellerman) and Imagist poet H. D. (Hilda Doolittle). Funded by Bryher's inheritance from a vast family fortune, their projects were fueled by the principals interest in film and artistic experimentation. The three were interested in developing a context in which the young medium of film might be viewed as a fine art as well as interact with other verbal and visual art forms. The Pool Films productions, which were directed by Macpherson and often featured H. D. and Bryher as actors, experimented with narrative forms and explored the use of dramatic lighting and effects such as montage to represent emotional and psychological states.

Monkeys' Moon, a film featuring two of his and Bryher's pet monkeys, was thought to be lost until the Beinecke Library acquired a copy. in 2008. Some eighty years later, this film has been fully restored and digitized. - Film and description from Yale's Beinecke Library:

1 comment:

the unreliable narrator said...

I love how ominous the appearance of human shoes, more even than our shadows. And flickering bits of white-on-black film stock, foregrounding the medium. And the wee scampering monkeys (played by Bryher and HD?).