Brakhage’s editing rhythms vary throughout, from rapid-fire montages to slightly longer shots that feel like relative oases of contemplation. Through it all, there are indeed close-ups of a cat, whether it’s the entire body or just the eyes, neck, and head. Are we seeing things from the cat’s perspective, at least on occasion? Maybe. Maybe not. Whatever Cat’s Cradle ultimately is, it offers a crystalline example of Brakhage’s lifelong mission to offer us fresh ways of seeing, to sharpen our perception of the world around us.
October 07, 2015