Spiraling by the use of historic, painted faces, cartoon figures, and the now ubiquitous N95, the fast film “Beyond Noh” by Patrick Smith sequences 3,745 masks in an entrancing rhythm. The individual pictures span various cultures and time intervals and shift from one to the subsequent with the beat of a hand drum.
A decades-long masks fanatic, Smith photographed three-fourths of the works from museum archives, galleries, and his private assortment, with the remaining part submitted by of us spherical the world. “To me, masks are an attention-grabbing resolution to view humanity. It seems to me that every custom in the historic previous of the world has participated in some kind of masks making, whether or not or not it’s for effectivity, ritual, protest, or utility,” the director tells Colossal, noting that he accomplished the film just one month sooner than the first outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States.
This month, “Previous Noh” is screening at the Ann Arbor Film Pageant, Stuttgart Animation Pageant, Florida Film Pageant, and Mecal Barcelona Animation Pageant. Watch an excerpt edited fully for Colossal above, and stream the full film on Smith’s YouTube channel with a paid subscription. (Thnx, Marcin!)
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