By Brakhage: An Anthology (1954)
Critic Reviews for By Brakhage: An Anthology
Nearly all of Brakhage's films convey an astonishing blend of abstraction and representation, a hypnotic flow of pure cinema, an orgasmic discovery of the possibilities of the camera and editing technique, a hungry sensuality. [Blu-ray]
I think these Brakhage films are necessary for those who take their cinema seriously.
Brakhage was a dyed-in-the-wool advocate of the use of film for other than narrative purposes, and the body of work he left behind is the real thing: true-blue experiment.
This anthology, much like an exhibit of confident and periodically shocking artworks, will speak volumes to viewers.
'Filmmaker' is a misrepresentative title, here, as Brakhage only marginally honors the gamut of filmmaking.
Audience Reviews for By Brakhage: An Anthology
whew. this was extremely challenging. and beautiful. and grotesque. the complete silence you're in for much of these 2.5 hours or so is totally unnerving. for the uninitiated (as i was until now) the "brakhage on brakhage" interviews should probably watched FIRST rather than last. it gives some language to what often feels like some seriously alien shit. i might actually buy this.
To review each of the twenty-six films presented in this set would have been a bit tedious, so I decided to just write one review for the whole set. Stan Brakhage was the ultimate in experimental filmmaking. Many of his works consists of images scratched or painted directly onto film by hand. Most of them are completely without audio. Some are pretty graphic and unsettling. Some of the highlights include: DOG STAR MAN - over an hour long and more than just a psychedelic head trip THE ACT OF SEEING WITH ONE'S OWN EYES - a half-hour of footage from actual human autopsies WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING - 12 minutes of acutal childbirth in explicit detail MOTHLIGHT - 3 minutes of various items found in nature adhered to a strip of perforated tape EYE MYTH - 9 seconds of brilliance THE STARS ARE BEAUTIFUL - 18 minutes of stellar images linked with audio of various myths about space, intercut with images of his wife and children clipping a chicken's wings KINDERING - an unsettling three minutes of children at play THE DANTE QUARTET - visions of Hell RAGE NET - 52 seconds UNTITLED (FOR MARILYN) - 11 minutes, and possibly my favorite BLACK ICE - 2 minutes which seem to come out of the screen COMMINGLED CONTAINERS - 3 minutes of artistic water
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