By Brakhage

By Brakhage

An Anthology

DVD - 2003
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Twenty-six masterworks by Stan Brakhage.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2003
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781559409384
Branch Call Number: 791.437 B81b
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (243 min.) : sd. and si., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 pamphlet ([24] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Additional Contributors: Brakhage, Stan


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Jul 31, 2017

Filmmaker Stan Brakhage understood that what our mind 'sees' is not all that is there, that there is something beyond the consensus reality we accept unquestioningly. In many of his films, he sought to create a cinematic experience that he referred to as "fetal perception", a visual experience without familiar objects, without memory, with no narrative and without sound, a perception without our habitual conceptual framework. A number of the films in this wonderful 24-film set are simply awe-inspiring in their ability to cause viewers to see light in a new way, to break through familiar perceptions into another dimension of seeing. Films like "Stellar", "The Garden of Earthly Delights", "Glaze of Cathexis" and "Black Ice" cause words to just shut off. Language becomes an encumbrance when watching Brakhage's hand-painted films, as words cannot go where these remarkable works can take us. Highly recommended

Dec 19, 2012

This is one of the most profound collections of visual art I've had the pleasure of viewing. The first disc containing his earliest work wasn't enjoyable to me, though instructive. The second disk contains a lot of abstract expressionist work that is as good as any painter in the genre has produced in my opinion. The interviews of him in the extras reveal a tremendous amount of detail into his insight/motivation (not much on technique). If you are a visual artist, poet, musician, I can't imagine that this collection wouldn't inform you in some useful way. These films have been an enzyme that has altered the way I perceive reality. If you are not a visually oriented person or lack flexibility, this may not do much for you or trigger strong emotions that turn you off.

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