The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

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The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes is an experimental short film directed by Stan Brakhage in 1971. It consists entirely of graphic footage from actual autopsies. The camera captures, close-up, the corpses of a man and woman in a Pittsburgh morgue. There is no narration. The film is collected on the Brakhage anthology collection from Criterion, although it's separated from the rest of the films due to its extremely graphic nature. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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  • In adding a literal deconstruction of man to the metaphorical one that graces so many works of art, Brakhage has created with Act the ultimate horror film, for better or worse.

    July 3, 2003 | Rating: 50/100 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 09, 2010
    Brakhage analyzes the perfect machine that the human body represents. With a minimalist approach and a fascination towards the body so great that the film overflows with admiration, The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes refers to the act of beholding the unbelievable. Often confused with nauseating gore and vomit-inducing, "hard to watch" images, this fascinating short approaches the realm of perfection. A dark aura is perceived throughout, but it is balanced out by breathtaking and beautiful images. 99/100
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