One of the most beautiful homages to giving birth (and therefore women) I've ever seen on film. Endearingly personal and far-reaching. A milestone in experimental-home-made films. It's art, it's film, it's cinema. It moves people. Moved me at least. Love the wet tummy. Visually astonishing. And I love the fact that it was silent. I never felt like a silent film is silent, II could hear the mother's cries and shouts.
In college they showed us a birthing movie and warned us it was graphic and that people had passed out before. I had no problem with it. Fast-forward to nine or ten years later. I saw this film and felt very queasy. I also feel Brakhage is exploiting his family by showing the birth of their kid. However, I realize a lot of people like this film and that is fine.
Perhaps the graphic childbirth ever filmed and in MY eyes reaffirms my opinion that childbirth is an accepted form of torture. I would never want a person I truly loved to go through this kind of agony. PERIOD.
Stan Brakhage chronicled the birth of his own child in this loving and. Powerful avant-garde short that captures the miracle of child birth in all of its raw, messy glory. Rhythmic editing creates the urgency of the underwater birth while sun dappled cinematography suggests its momentous beauty. A true passion piece.
I thought this film was fantastic. Stan Brakhage takes a subject not many others would consider one of cinematic potential and turns it into something both moving and artistic. It is is captured in such a way that it shows how beautiful creation really is (in both the film and existential aspect).
Dispel the mystery of human genesis and still a sense of the unfamiliar remains, by virtue of birth being an honest-to-goodness natural phenomenon. An experimental non-fiction short documenting a baby's arrival that implements rapid-fire cutting and extreme close-ups to convey the delirious frenzy of anticipation surrounding the film's central event. Confrontational, exultant and deeply intimate like few other works.