Another of Brakhage’s works of “moving visual thinking,” Rage Net harks back to the vibrant pioneering experiments of European animators Oskar Fischinger and Viking Eggeling. —harvard.edu
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.
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I completely agree that rating a Brakhage film is like rating a cloud, but I really enjoy this period of his work, when he painted directly onto the filmstrip-canvas and made abstract expressionist paintings that come to life. I also recommend THE DANTE QUARTET if you dig this period of Brakhage.