Stan Brakhage

Jan. 14, 1933 (Kansas City, Missouri)

March 9, 2003

Official Website:

Major Works:
Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse (1991)
Night Music (1986)
The Garden of Earthly Delights (1981)
The Text of Light (1974)
The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (1971)
Scenes From Under Childhood (1966– )
Black Vision (1965)
Fire of Waters (1965)
Three Films (1965) (Blue White / Blood’s Tone / Vein)
Pasht (1965)
Two: Creely/McClure (1965)
Song 23 (1966) (23rd Psalm Branch)
Song 15 (1965) (15 Song Traits)
Dog Star Man (1959-64)
Mothlight (1963)
Oh Life, Woe Story, The A-Test News! (1963)
Silent Sound Sense Stars Subotnick & Sender (1962)
Blue Moses (1962)
Films by Stan Brakhage (1961)
Thigh Line Lyre Triangular (1961)
Sirius Remembered (1959)
The Dead (1958-60)
Cat’s Cradle (1958-59)
Window Water Baby Moving (1959)
Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959)
Anticipation of the Night (1958)
Whiteye (1957)
Loving (1957-58)
Flesh of the Morning (1956-57)
Night Cats (1956)
Zone Moment (1956)
The Wonder Ring (1955)
Reflections on Black (1955)
The Way to the Shadow Garden (1955)
In Between (1955)
The Extraordinary Child (1954)
Desistfilm (1954)
Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection (1953)
Interim (1953)

Years Working:
1953 — 1959
1960 — 1966

Made close to 400 films in his career. The Criterion Collection DVD Brakhage: An Anthology only offers a small, but important, fraction of that.

Was one of cinema’s main theorists and he wrote several books about film, including the highly influential Metaphors on Vision.

Most of his films are silent, although he did dabble in some projects that included a soundtrack.

1986: Recipient of AFI’s Maya Deren Independent Film and Video Artists Award.

Online Resources:
IMDB: Profile
Senses of Cinema: Profile
Fred Camper: List of Resources

Film Books About Stan Brakhage:
Stan Brakhage: A Guide to References and Resources by Gerald R. Barrett and Wendy Brabner (G.K. Hall; 1983)
Brakhage Scrapbook: Collected Writings, 1964-1980 by Stan Brakhage; edited by Robert A. Haller (Documentext; 1982)
The Essential Cinema: Essays on the films in the collection of Anthology Film Archives, Volume One, ed. P. Adams Sitney. (New York University Press and Anthology Film Archives, 1975) (Chapter 13: Perspective Reperceived (Brakhage’s Anticipation of the Night), Ken Kelman, pp. 234-239.)
An Introduction to the American Underground Film by Sheldon Renan (E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1967) (Published simultaneously in Canada by Clarke, Irwin and Company, Limited, Toronto and Vancouver) (pp. 118-127.)

Video: None

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