Stan Brakhage

Stan Brakhage

  • Highest Rated: 100% Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)
  • Lowest Rated: 71% Notes on Marie Menken (2007)
  • Birthday: Jan 14, 1933
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Stan Brakhage is one of the most influential filmmakers in American avant-garde cinema, noted for his unflinching social commentaries and technical innovations. Over his nearly 40-year career, he has made over 200 films of varying length. He made his first film, Interim (1952) at age 18 after dropping out of college. Brakhage films seek to change the way we see. They encourage viewers to eschew traditional narrative structure in favor of pure visual perception that is not reliant on naming what is seen; rather his goal is to create a more visceral visual experience, for he believes that a "stream-of visual-consciousness could be nothing less than the pathway of the soul." To this end, his films are shot in highly sensual colors and utilize minimal soundtracks. His work can be divided into distinct periods. His first short films explored the properties and possibilities of light. In many of his experimental ventures, Brakhage has forgone traditional cinematography in favor of working directly with the film stock itself. He has occasionally painted, inked, scratched and dyed images onto it; he has also tried pasting organic objects on the film. His most famous example is the 1963 short Mothlight in which he glued moth wings onto the stock. Some of his early films were based on his most intimate experiences that included making love to his new bride--depicted on negative film--in Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959), and an attempt to bring his dead dog back to life with a camera in Sirius Remembered (1959). During the 1960s, Brakhage's iconoclastic views were celebrated for their poetry, but during the '70s, his focus changed to social issues and he alienated many supporters with such disturbing film series as the "Pittsburgh documents" in which he presented many gruesome views of inner city life with films such as Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971) which was shot in a morgue. He also continued with autobiographical material with the "Sincerity/Duplicity series. During the 1980s, Brakhage's focus again changed--this time he became intrigued with creating truly "abstract" films such as Arabics (1982) which consists of brilliant bursts of colored light which he claims, represent "envisioned music." In addition to filmmaking, Brakhage also wrote books about films and filmmaking and also served as a teacher.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet The Art of Vision Director 2013
No Score Yet Passage Through: A Ritual Director 2012
No Score Yet Faust's Other: An Idyll Director 2012
No Score Yet Sexual Meditation No. 1: Motel Director 2011
71% Notes on Marie Menken Actor 2007
95% In the Mirror of Maya Deren Actor 2003
No Score Yet Water for Maya Director 2000
No Score Yet Brakhage Actor 1999
No Score Yet Keepers of the Frame Actor 1999
No Score Yet A Child's Garden and the Serious Sea Director 1991
No Score Yet I... Dreaming Director 1988
No Score Yet Faustfilm: An Opera: Part I Director 1988
No Score Yet Kindering Director 1987
No Score Yet The Dante Quartet Director 1987
No Score Yet Aftermath Director 1980
No Score Yet The Stars Are Beautiful Director 1974
No Score Yet Text of Light Director 1974
No Score Yet Eye Myth Director 1972
No Score Yet The Wold Shadow Director 1972
No Score Yet Deus Ex Director 1971
No Score Yet The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes Director 1971
No Score Yet Eyes Director 1970
No Score Yet Dog Star Man: Part IV Director Actor 1964
No Score Yet Mothlight Director 1963
No Score Yet Dog Star Man: Part II Director Actor 1963
100% Prelude: Dog Star Man Producer Director Actor Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Window Water Baby Moving Director 1962
No Score Yet Dog Star Man: Part I Director 1962
No Score Yet Wedlock House: An Intercourse Director 1959
No Score Yet Desistfilm Director 1954
100% By Brakhage: An Anthology Actor Director 1954
No Score Yet The Extraordinary Child Director Actor
No Score Yet The Way to Shadow Garden Director
No Score Yet Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection Director
No Score Yet Interim Director

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