Essential Brakhage: Selected Writings on Filmmaking
  • Author: Brakhage, Stan
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Pages: 232
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 2001
  • ISBN: 0-929701-64-X
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $18.00
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In the course of making nearly 400 films over the past 50 years, "Stan Brakhage" became synonymous with independent American filmmaking, particularly its avant-garde component. This major collection of writings draws primarily upon two long out-of-print books--Metaphors on Vision and Brakhage Scrapbook. Brakhage examines filmmaking in relation to social and professional contexts, the nature of influence and collaboration, the aesthetics of personal experience, and the conditions under which various films were made. Brakhage discusses his predecessors and contemporaries, relates film to dance and poetry, and in "A Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book" provides a manual for the novice filmmaker. Lectures, interviews, essays, and manifestos document Brakhage's personal vision and public persona.
Contents
Foreword
Selections from Metaphors on Vision
Metaphors on Vision
The Camera Eye
My Eye
His Story
Notes of Anticipation
Margin Alien
Selections from Brakhage Scrapbook
Make Place for the Artist
Film and Music
A Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book
Eight Questions
With Love
Film : Dance
The Stars are Beautiful
Angels
In Defence of Amateur
Manifest
The Seen
Poetry and Film
Recent Writings
Gertrude Stein
Manifesto
Inspirations
Selected Film Annotations
Selected Bibliography

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REVIEWS:
"With this anthology, the publisher offers generous excerpts from two out-of-print Brakhage books,...plus a sampling of recent writings....While some of the writing is dated, Brakhage's advice to aspiring independent filmmakers retains interest, and notes on selected films will be useful for film society programmers and scholars. Recommended for large academic film collections."
-- Library Journal
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AUTHOR:
Stan Brakhage was one of the most influential of independent American filmmakers. From 1952 to 2003 he issued nearly 400 original films, ranging in length from a few seconds to several hours. Among his best known film works are "Dog Star Man," "The Act of Seeing with one's own eyes," ...
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