Made in the same manner as Mothlight but on 35mm film, its title is a tribute to the Hieronymus Bosch painting of the same name. The larger size of 35mm (Brakhage made most of his films on 16mm) permits greater detail, and despite the rapid pace one can glimpse individual compositions of considerable complexity, with multiple twisting forms a bit in the manner of Bosch. —DVD booklet from by Brakhage: an anthology
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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"The cinema of Stan Brakhage has been interpreted as abstract, mythopoeic, philological, and lyrical," writes Joseph Jon Lanthier in Slant