A couple marries. Nine months later, a doctor comes to their flat; on the front door is an ornate poster saying, “Blessed Event.” In the flat, the baby’s father and a male friend play poker. The friend appears to be cheating. They smoke cigars. The mother does housework. The doctor is shocked to see that the baby, in a diaper, is the size of a grown man. The doc then joins the men in the card game. The baby escapes his carriage and crawls into hiding. Mother is distraught that she can’t find the baby, while the men continue the game. The baby, staying hidden, steals the men’s cigars and smokes them; then he plays other tricks. Will they find him, or do more adventures await? —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.
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