Stan Brakhage: Rare Masterpieces From the 1970s | Chicago Reader

Stan Brakhage: Rare Masterpieces From the 1970s

Made in the years preceding Brakhage's landmark light poem The Text of Light (1974), these seven silent shorts mainly hover between representation and abstraction, their soft focus, solid colors, and flicker effects creating a dream state and highlighting the fragility of all seeing. In The Weir-Falcon Saga (1970), Brakhage illuminates the drama of a sick boy by alternating his figure with a feverish flood of images from daily life, while the animals in The Peaceable Kingdom (1971) seem to emerge from and vanish into darkness. In The Wold-Shadow (1972), which Brakhage called a “vision of the god of the forest,” static images of trees are gradually transformed into painterly abstractions. 66 min.


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