Brief sections in negative of Brakhage and his first wife, Jane, making love frame the central section in which they interact at home, at times apparently arguing. The tension between representation and abstraction so crucial to most of Brakhage’s later photographed films can be seen here in the way the light source seems to move and flashes on and off, isolating figures in space and heightening the film’s mix of conflict and apartness. —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.
As a child, Brakhage was… read more