MOIST – an eye-dazzling cinémontage
An eye-circus of moving images about dance, sex, death, water. . . and ultimately life!
Something for the brain, something for the heart, something for the naughty bits – and much for the funny bone.
Like the Chaplin scene it includes – it is a dance to the absurdity and joy of life!
Watch the TRAILER HERE.
At age 43, artist AleXander Hirka, adapted his skills of creating visual collages – the putting together diverse elements to create a new work – to the art of cinema. Tangled in existential mid-life angst, and armed with only two VHS tape machines – utilizing no editing or digital equipment – he put together a 50+ minute eye-circus of moving images about dance, sex, death, water… and ultimately, life. Something for the brain, something for the heart, something for the naughty bits – and much for the funny bone.
Time has not created the opportunity for him to pull the film into digital editing software and correct it’s many amateurish flaws – including a few scenes where the volume drops to barely audible levels – so the film stands as it is, transferred to DVD.
“…Reading these things psychologically, water is the subconscious…the creature in the water would be the dynamism of the subconscious… The God of Death is the Lord of the Dance… The Lord of Death is the Lord of Sex at the same time…one after another you can see… Osiris, the Lord of Death and the Lord of the Generation of Life… it’s a basic theme, that which dies is born… you have to have death in order to have life…”
– Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Brief audio excerpt from the film: Betty Davis says.
Among the cast of thousands . . .
Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Joan Collins, Eli Wallach, W.C.Fields, Josephine Baker, Leonard Cohen, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Monty Python, Yul Brynner, Roman Polanski, Raquel Welch, Henry Calvin (Sgt. Garcia), Majorie Main and Percy Kilbride (Ma & Pa Kettle), Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sophia Loren, Monster (Sesame Street), Anthony Quinn, Peter Sellers, Sally Kellerman, Rodney Dangerfield, Bela Lugosi, Danny Kaye, Jiminy Cricket, Michael Palin, Vernon Florida resident, Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Nicholson, Antonin Artaud, and Maria Falconetti.
Running time: 56 minutes • Rated X for about 30 seconds of explicit sexual activity
Opening Moist theme: Turangalila Symphony – Olivier Messiaen
Black Lagoon / Fin music: Theme from Gams – aleXander hirka (guitar)
DVD sleeve/insert design: aleXander hirka
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