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Stan Brakhage

Director

“There are a lot of movies made for nobody.”

 

Biography

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

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Hilldog95

12Sep13

where's first hymn to the night novalis?

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Keldon

15May13

I'm not really big on playing music over his films, but the first 3 songs on Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven go pretty well over 23rd Psalm Branch.

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Sean P

4Dec12

where's Star Garden? :/

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    Slow Immersion

    2Feb14

    I've just submitted this beautiful film. It is one of my favourites, and one of the rare few where he actually holds the frame for more than a second or so, so you can really appreciate the images.

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Brittany Dobish

22Jan12

For the love of God, somebody please add 23d Psalm Branch.

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By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume Two

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400 films (brakhage's best)

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Idea for a videogame

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