Just out of curiosity. I’m pretty big into Brakhage, and it’s one of the films by him I really want to see the most.
Also, if anyone knows where I might stumble upon a copy and/or viewing of his film “Creation”, that would be awesome as well.
Not in By Brakhage?
Isn’t in either Anthology, I’m afraid, which is a real shame because, based on everything I’ve heard about it, it’s totally deserving and one of Brakhage’s most acclaimed.
It certainly sounds like a film that was left out for aesthetic purposes.
As in, since it’s primarily about projection of light it could never look right even on Blu-Ray. A lot of films were left off for this reason apparently.
Oh, and here’s Youtube to the rescue!
Brakhage is dead so it shouldn’t matter.
According to a website I just Xed out of, Text of Light is 75 minutes and was made in 1974, which makes that video the wrong one. :(
exerpts of it are on youtube
It might not ‘matter’ because he’s dead (although, I gather his wife isn’t, and she has the final say apparently). However Stan Brakhage really was tryng to acheive something that could only be acheived through direct projection of light through film. So you wouldn’t (in his opinion) ‘get’ it unless you watched a projected 16mm version.
Now, I don’t really know how that holds up in practice. But the fact that these films do still exist in 16mm, ready for presentation (and they won’t last forever, film’s not very tough) should be celebrated and supported as far as possible. And if that means Criterion leave off a few choice films in order to draw attention to the fact then it’s not really a bad thing.