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Articles from Vol. 47, No. 4, Winter

Angels in the Apparatus
...all that we call psychological projections are the movies of the angels--the home movies of angels are qualities of light held as if in mid air--any gathering of dust motes in the light records the passage of angels Stan Brakhage, "Angels" (EB,...
Argument for the Immediate Sensuous: Notes on Stately Mansions Did Decree and Coupling
Brakhage's films delight and incite with a restless, unadulterated visual magnificence. Expanding the language of light, color, and visual rhythm, he takes film far beyond its usual bondage to representation and story telling. From his stomach-turning...
Brakhage Meets Tarkovsky
After the panel [at the 1983 Telluride Film Festival], they had arranged for Tarkovsky to see some of my films. I had warned Bill Pence that he might not like my films and I was nervous about showing them. All they could arrange, under the circumstances,...
Brakhage's Contradictions
1. Stan Brakhage is among the most inclusive of filmmakers. The almost omnivorous impulse behind his choices of subjects and styles makes it difficult to characterize his work in particularizing terms. Included in his films are the sun and the moon,...
Brakhage's Songs (1966)
Cinematography is still so young that a ten-year-old boy who went to the first movie of them all, Louis and Auguste Lumiere's film of unrelated, everyday scenes, would now be only eighty, and might conceivably have seen all the movies ever made. It...
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There are many living poets who inspire my life, whose work I enjoy as a regularity in my living, but there are three, right now, who contribute directly to my filmmaking as powerfully as Pound, Stein, Olson, Creeley, Dorn when I was young (*) (as...
Geometric versus Meat-Ineffable (1994)
From "time...en dit" There are two pictorial extremes of human thought process--The Geometric and (what I like to call) Meat-ineffable...no "the" before "Meat"--inasmuch as raw cells are such a diversity of impulse as to defy hierarchy. To be...
Having Declared a Belief in God. (1995)
Having declared a belief in God, and God's presence in current human affairs and (however obliquely) human consciousness, I think it is incumbent (in times like these, times of varying styles-of-doubt) to attempt to write what I personally mean by...
In Consideration of Aesthetics (1996)
Before a work of art people who feel little or no emotion for pure form find themselves at a loss. They are deaf men at a concert. They know that they are in the presence of something great, but they lack the power of apprehending it. They know that...
Notes on Brakhage
What we loved about Brakhage back then remains a permanent liberation in the medium: he broke the illusion of personed narrative. It is not that he destroyed the line, but (like our master Kandinsky before him) moved off from the line into continents...
Over the Past Fifty Years Stan Brakhage Has Forcefully Expanded the Boundaries of Film. (Introduction)
Over the past fifty years Stan Brakhage has forcefully expanded the boundaries of film, turning it into a medium that can sustain intensive epistemological inquiry and visionary insight. In his first book, Metaphors on Vision (1963), he wrote, "I suggest...
Painting Film (1996)
If it be an art, then it is intrinsically aesthetic, requiring aesthete--that is to say, it is beautiful, integrally balanced, and (as unique) of some individually discovered integrity: its appreciator is one who is capable of sensory justice and evolutionary...
Realm Buster: Stan Brakhage
MICHAEL McCLURE: Stan is a realm buster, and I use "realm" as the word is used in Biology and in Zen. Stan uses his energy and it's almost like moving his shoulders powerfully to break the walls between realms. Some of these realms are the concept...
Stan Brakhage and the Long Reach of Maya Deren's Poetics of Film
How you produce volume after volume the way you do is more than I can conceive, but you haven't to forge every sentence in the teeth of irreducible and stubborn facts as I do. It is like walking through the densest brushwood. William James to Henry...
Stan Brakhage: Four Silent Nights
Although American avant-gardist Stan Brakhage has achieved a level of expression comparable with more known contemplative filmmakers such as Ozu or Antonioni, he has remained a marginal figure. Greatness sometimes takes longer than artistic fashion...
Tales of the Tribes
Introducing Andrei Tarkovsky to an audience at the 1983 Telluride Film Festival, Stan Brakhage declared: I personally think that the three greatest tasks for film in the 20th century are 1) To make the epic, that is, to tell the tales of the tribes...
The "Document" Correspondence of Stan Brakhage
Throughout Stan Brakhage's career, the quality most often ascribed to his work has been "visionary". Certainly many of the statements the filmmaker has made over the years concerning his motives and methods have evoked such an understanding. Indeed,...
The Lost Films (1996)
The Lost Films is a series of nine untitled films, from the late 1980s through to 1995, which are photographed and/or painted, sometimes painted-over photography--and are "lost" in the sense that, across the whole period of time, I could not manage...
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