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Margaret Tait by Ali Smith
Ali Smith
Margaret Tait
A tv aerial or the element of air? The film opens on rooftop sky and ends on a dusk sky, the end, if you like, of sky. The elements are always in some way Tait's subject.

There is even something uplifting and untouched about the lettering Tait uses to introduce her films, and the announcement of a film as an Ancona Film (her company). Here's a tiny poem of the relentlessness and beauty of the natural, all around us. I would say unnoticed, but the point of a tait film is the noticing, the amazing colour of leaf, the sheerly beautiful thing of a dead bird looked at steadily.

Still from Aerial by Margaret Tait, 1974
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