A young man strolls through a city. He walks under a bridge toward a rail yard. A young woman sees him and walks beside him. They cross the tracks and walk into the countryside. They stop at a river. They hold hands. It starts to rain; it’s a downpour. They seek shelter in an abandoned shack. They kiss, long and hard. It stops raining; they leave together but seem alone. They part at the railroad tracks. She watches him go, but he doesn’t look back. —IMDb
James Stanley Brakhage (January 14, 1933 – March 9, 2003), better known as Stan Brakhage, was an American non-narrative filmmaker who is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th century experimental film.
Over the course of five decades, Brakhage created a large and diverse body of work, exploring a variety of formats, approaches and techniques that included handheld camerawork, painting directly onto celluloid, fast cutting, in-camera editing, scratching on film and the use of multiple exposures. Interested in mythology and inspired by music, poetry and visual phenomena, Brakhage sought to reveal the universal in the particular, exploring themes of birth, mortality, sexuality and innocence.
Brakhage’s films are often noted for their expressiveness and lyricism.
Born Robert Sanders in Kansas City, Missouri on June 14, 1933, Brakhage was adopted and renamed three weeks after his birth by Ludwig and Clara Brakhage.
As a child, Brakhage was… read more