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Home Movie Reconstructions 1974 / 2004 MeFi's own dziga takes family movies from 1974, revisits the locations 30 years later with the same people doing the same things. Amazing. [via mefi projects]
posted by mathowie (27 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
Now the last Crosby Stills Nash & Young tour starts to make a little sense.

ZING
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:09 PM on July 9, 2009


Wow! That's very cool dziga.
posted by Sailormom at 3:13 PM on July 9, 2009


MeFi's own dziga takes family movies from 1974, revisits the locations 30 years later with the same people doing the same things.

I love them, but what was the point in 'reconstructing' the last two?
posted by gman at 3:14 PM on July 9, 2009


Holy crap is that ever great.
posted by cortex at 3:16 PM on July 9, 2009


Beautiful. You have cool parents.
posted by yoink at 3:17 PM on July 9, 2009


This is awesome. Thank you.
posted by gyusan at 3:19 PM on July 9, 2009


This is great. great great great
posted by Rumple at 3:21 PM on July 9, 2009


Apparently the past was a sunnier time.

I think the last two videos were the set-up to old poses, possibly more interesting to the family who might have seen those photos around the house for the last 30 years.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:24 PM on July 9, 2009


As I viewed the movie showing the Florida hotel, I was struck by the fact that no one lays out in the sun anymore - what a striking difference there was between the crowded lounges in 1974 and the empty ones in 2004.

Very, very cool project!
posted by The Light Fantastic at 3:26 PM on July 9, 2009


Wow, very cool. The full movie is here. The kid (Benjamin?) appears only in the old footage. I hope there is a benign reason...
posted by cosmac at 3:34 PM on July 9, 2009


Fuck, that's lovely.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 3:34 PM on July 9, 2009


I've always wanted to do this. So great.
One (grown) kid appears in the first kid-related one, which had two kids in the original super-8.
I'm really hoping nothing bad happened to the second kid. The "Dad Portrait Reconstruction" is especially poignant if that's the case.

Ah, on preview the kid that appears is his older brother, Benjamin? I guess it's a case of "camera-shy director" that he doesn't appear in the reconstructions, opting instead for his space-suit-wearing mother to hold a picture of him.
posted by chococat at 3:44 PM on July 9, 2009


Here's what I felt:

-That we can all lead lives worth living.

-That (hopefully) we have done things worth doing.

-That there is hope. That at the end of the day it doesn't really matter because life goes on.

-That lives will be lived, and that there is more!

-That dziga/artist has very cool parents. That you all laughed a lot.

-That moments can be forgotten but their will remain intact forevermore.

-And that the things worth the most are intangible.

I was moved to breathlessness. Congratulations on the success of your work. Good art.
posted by humannaire at 4:42 PM on July 9, 2009 [4 favorites]


Dziga accomplished a miracle: he made someone else's home movies interesting to watch.
posted by idiopath at 4:47 PM on July 9, 2009 [3 favorites]


gman, cosmac: The way I read it, he died young, and the "recreating" of the portraits shows the significance of the loss felt by his parents.
posted by idiopath at 4:49 PM on July 9, 2009


I assumed the worst about the last two films, and found them heartwrenching, but perhaps I am projecting some personal losses upon the project.
posted by mecran01 at 4:50 PM on July 9, 2009


Good lord that was amazing. What a strange flood of emotions I got while watching that... thanks!
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:08 PM on July 9, 2009


As a guy who lost his dad to cancer eight weeks ago and whose mother has been given a predicted week to live by hospice...I hope you know in your heart how much someone like me need to see something like this.
posted by Cedric at 5:09 PM on July 9, 2009 [3 favorites]


Jeezus...I was just getting over "Up".
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:51 PM on July 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Very tender comparisons of the past and present. It's transparent the love goes both ways between parents and child/ren, then and now. So nice.
posted by nickyskye at 7:16 PM on July 9, 2009


Thank you, one of the most interestingly beautiful things I have ever seen.
posted by alfanut at 7:43 PM on July 9, 2009


This is absolutely amazing. And I love that his parents got into this, too.
posted by Spatch at 8:31 PM on July 9, 2009


Hope I die before I get old.
posted by cogneuro at 8:39 PM on July 9, 2009


This was wonderful. A bonus was that his Dad is really cute - and a great dancer!
posted by HopperFan at 8:53 PM on July 9, 2009


That's really special. Good stuff.
posted by rahnefan at 8:05 AM on July 10, 2009




So sweet!
posted by dejah420 at 9:00 PM on July 10, 2009


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