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20 July1969
Absurd idea for a filmmaker - Moon
Gianfranco Brebbia
Music by Guglielmo Pagnozzi

On the box of this film, the filmmaker Gianfranco Brebbia leaves written like crumbs to follow the path of the vision: 'Pila Rock. TV moon landing. Overdubs on film in the final part'. The film, titled Luna, is one of the four reels of "Idea assurda per un filmmaker", a film project that expands the viewing experience by means of the parallel and simultaneous projection of two reels. This film, about "man advancing to the moon and vice versa", reworks the images, filmed on television, of the most extraordinary event of this day - 20 July 1969 - and of the entire 20th century: man on the moon. The Apollo 11 moon landing was an event awaited by the whole world. Brebbia, like so many film enthusiasts, filmed it on television. But his vision is not mere documentation, nor is it limited to the recording of a memory. In this double Super8 - a format that allows daring games of overlays - all the expressive capacity of an extreme and radical filmmaker who films "as an independent, alone and against everyone" explodes, overcoming the limits of filmic devices. If the rocks at the beginning are reminiscent of what is to follow, namely The Touch of Man's Foot on the Lunar Surface, one soon loses oneself in a succession of images of fields, flowers, trees, wire and barbed wire. Everything is transfigured and shapes soon become geometric. Filters on the lens amplify their perception, colours and light. And then the walking feet of this alien filmmaker fallen to earth, on the one hand, and the sequences of a flowery moon landing, on the other. To end up projected onto the streets of a city, that is Varese (the city of Brebbia), onto the headlines of the newspapers and onto the title of the Brebbia manifesto poem that gives the film work its title: 'An absurd idea for a filmmaker'.

In collaboration with the Centro Internazionale 'Gianfranco Brebbia' for the research and study of experimental cinema. Thanks to Giovanna Brebbia.