Stan Brakhage

By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two

By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two

Working outside the mainstream, the wildly prolific, visionary Stan Brakhage made more than 350 films over a half century. Challenging all taboos in his exploration of “birth, sex, death, and the search for God,” he turned his camera on explicit lovemaking, childbirth, even autopsy. Many of his most famous works pursue the nature of vision itself and transcend the act of filming. Some, including the legendary Mothlight, were created without using a camera at all, as he pioneered the art of making images directly on film, by drawing, painting, and scratching. With these two volumes, we present the definitive Brakhage collection—fifty-six of his works, from across his career, in high-definition digital transfers.

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Films In This Set

By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two

Special Features

VOLUME ONE (ONE DISC)

  • High-definition digital transfers of all twenty-six films, with uncompressed audio for those with sound:

DESISTFILM 1954 • 6 minutes, 48 seconds • 16 mm • Monaural WEDLOCK HOUSE: AN INTERCOURSE 1959 • 10 minutes, 47 seconds • 16 mm • Silent DOG STAR MAN 1961–64 • 74 minutes, 34 seconds • 16 mm • Silent THE ACT OF SEEING WITH ONE’S OWN EYES 1971 • 31 minutes, 50 seconds • 16 mm • Silent CAT’S CRADLE 1959 • 6 minutes, 16 seconds • 16 mm • Silent WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING 1959 • 12 minutes, 11 seconds • 16 mm • Silent MOTHLIGHT 1963 • 3 minutes, 13 seconds • 16 mm • Silent EYE MYTH 1967 • 9 seconds • 16 mm • Silent THE WOLD-SHADOW 1972 • 2 minutes, 24 seconds • 16 mm • Silent THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS 1981 • 1 minute, 43 seconds • 35 mm • Silent THE STARS ARE BEAUTIFUL 1974 • 18 minutes, 27 seconds • 16 mm • Monaural KINDERING 1987 • 2 minutes, 51 seconds • 16 mm • Monaural I . . . DREAMING 1988 • 6 minutes, 35 seconds • 16 mm • Monaural THE DANTE QUARTET 1987 • 6 minutes, 3 seconds • 35 mm • Silent NIGHT MUSIC 1986 • 30 seconds • 35 mm • Silent RAGE NET 1988 • 35 seconds • 35 mm • Silent GLAZE OF CATHEXIS 1990 • 35 seconds • 35 mm • Silent DELICACIES OF MOLTEN HORROR SYNAPSE 1990 • 8 minutes, 16 seconds • 16 mm • Silent UNTITLED (FOR MARILYN) 1992 • 10 minutes, 27 seconds • 16 mm • Silent BLACK ICE 1994 • 1 minute, 49 seconds • 16 mm • Silent STUDY IN COLOR AND BLACK AND WHITE 1993 • 1 minute, 35 seconds • 16 mm • Silent STELLAR 1993 • 2 minutes, 19 seconds • 16 mm • Silent CRACK GLASS EULOGY 1991 • 6 minutes, 6 seconds • 16 mm • Monaural THE DARK TOWER 1999 • 2 minutes, 19 seconds • 16 mm • Silent COMMINGLED CONTAINERS 1996 • 2 minutes, 42 seconds • 16 mm • Silent LOVESONG 2001 • 10 minutes, 48 seconds • 16 mm • Silent

  • Brakhage on Brakhage, four video encounters with the filmmaker
  • Audio remarks on selected films by director Stan Brakhage

VOLUME TWO (TWO DISCS)

  • New high-definition digital transfers of all thirty films, with uncompressed audio for those with sound:

Disc One Program 1: 1955–67 THE WONDER RING 1955 • 5 minutes, 34 seconds • 16 mm • Silent THE DEAD 1960 • 10 minutes, 21 seconds • 16 mm • Silent TWO: CREELEY/MCCLURE 1965 • 3 minutes, 11 seconds • 16 mm • Silent 23RD PSALM BRANCH 1967 • 63 minutes, 47 seconds • 8 mm • Silent Program 2: 1967–76 SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD, SECTION ONE 1967 • 23 minutes, 46 seconds • 16 mm • Silent/Monaural THE MACHINE OF EDEN 1970 • 10 minutes, 45 seconds • 16 mm • Silent STAR GARDEN 1974 • 20 minutes, 58 seconds • 16 mm • Silent DESERT 1976 • 10 minutes, 7 seconds • Super 8 mm • Silent Program 3: 1972–82 THE PROCESS 1972 • 8 minutes, 1 second • 16 mm • Silent BURIAL PATH 1978 • 8 minutes, 2 seconds • Super 8 mm • Silent DUPLICITY III 1980 • 22 minutes, 18 seconds • 16 mm • Silent THE DOMAIN OF THE MOMENT 1977 • 14 minutes, 33 seconds • 16 mm • Silent MURDER PSALM 1980 • 16 minutes, 24 seconds • 16 mm • Silent ARABIC 12 1982 • 17 minutes, 1 second • Super 8 mm • Silent Disc Two Program 4: 1989–90 VISIONS IN MEDITATION #1 1989 • 16 minutes, 19 seconds • 16 mm • Silent VISIONS IN MEDITATION #2 (MESA VERDE) 1989 • 16 minutes, 9 seconds •16 mm • Silent VISIONS IN MEDITATION #3 (PLATO’S CAVE) 1990 • 16 minutes, 36 seconds • 16 mm • Monaural VISIONS IN MEDITATION #4 (D. H. LAWRENCE) 1990 • 17 minutes, 41 seconds • 16 mm • Silent Program 5: 1982, 1992, 1994 UNCONSCIOUS LONDON STRATA 1982 • 22 minutes, 15 seconds • Super 8 mm • Silent BOULDER BLUES AND PEARLS AND . . . 1992 • 22 minutes, 24 seconds • 16 mm • Monaural THE MAMMALS OF VICTORIA 1994 • 34 minutes, 9 seconds • 16 mm • Silent FROM: FIRST HYMN TO THE NIGHT—NOVALIS 1994 • 2 minutes, 52 seconds • 16 mm • Silent Program 6: 1995-2003 I TAKE THESE TRUTHS 1995 • 17 minutes, 44 seconds • 16 mm • Silent THE CAT OF THE WORM’S GREEN REALM 1997 • 14 minutes, 10 seconds • 16 mm • Silent YGGDRASILL: WHOSE ROOTS ARE STARS IN THE HUMAN MIND 1997 • 16 minutes, 58 seconds • 16 mm • Silent “. . .” REEL FIVE 1998 • 14 minutes, 6 seconds • 16 mm • Stereo PERSIAN SERIES 1–3 1999 • Total run time: 5 minutes, 54 seconds • 16 mm • Silent CHINESE SERIES 2003 • 2 minutes, 18 seconds • 35 mm • Silent

  • Brakhage on Brakhage, three video encounters with the filmmaker
  • For Stan, a 2009 short film by Brakhage's wife, Marilyn Brakhage
  • Two segments from a 1990 video interview with Brakhage for the Boulder Arts Commission
  • Footage from Brakhage’s Sunday salons at the University of Colorado
  • Audio recordings of two lectures by Brakhage, one from the Beckwith Lecture Series and one on Gertrude Stein's poem Stanzas in Meditation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a foreword and program notes by Marilyn Brakhage, film capsules and an essay by Brakhage expert Fred Camper, and an essay on the films' preservation by Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive

New covers by Sarah Habibi