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Light, Darkness, and Colours

1998
Distributed by First Run/Icarus Films, 32 Court St., 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 800-876-1710
Produced by Magic Hour Films in collaboration with TV-Ventures
Directed by Henrik BoŽtius
VHS, color, 52 min.
College - Adult
Art


Reviewed by Susan Awe, Parish Memorial Library for Business & Economics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended   
 


This unique and scientific view of color and how we see colors is a fascinating journey. Both Sir Isaac Newton's and Goethe's experiments in color and in specific colors are discussed and reproduced. This presentation shows as well as tells viewers about color just as colors tell us about our world.

Although we associate darkness with space and light with matter, space and matter are truly inseparable as are light and darkness. Color is our interpretation of light, as colors arise where light and dark (space and matter) meet, and they engage in a neverending struggle.

This well-crafted, high-quality video is engagingly and very professionally narrated (this reviewer could not determine the identity of the narrator), and uses time-lapse cinematography very effectively. The fluid exchange between aesthetic laboratory experiments and dazzlingly beautiful photographs of the sea, fields of lavender, and idyllic pastoral scenes will help viewers of many ages understand color. Goethe explored the natural laws and phenomena surrounding human visual perceptions for over 40 years, but in less than an hour viewers will feel greatly enlighted about his work and our relationship with color and with nature. This outstanding and very intellectually stimulating film is highly recommended.