|The Northwest Film Center presents the first of two programs featuring a selection of films made by the late Stan Brakhage, the most influential experimental filmmaker of the 20th century. Spanning four decades, this retrospect offers the opportunity to view the breathtaking, phantasmagoric lyric cinema and handpainted approximations of "hypnagogic vision" of this great artist and thinker as they were meant to be seen. Desistfilm is a raucous depiction of a group of young people at a party, their drunkenness underscored by frenetic camerawork. A bold, moving piece of personal cinema, Window Water Baby Moving is a beautiful film of the birth of Brakhage's first child. Widely regarded as Brakhage's masterpiece, Dog Star Man Part 1 is an epic tale weaved from footage shot while his family was living high in the Colorado mountains. Mothlight, created by placing mothwings and flowers between two pieces of clear tape, was famously described by Brakhage as "what a moth might see from birth to death if black were white and white were black." Arabic I and II are two of a series of 19 films that Brakhage viewed as a close corollary to music. Created as a tribute to Hieronymous Bosch, J.E.H. MacDonald and Emil Nolde, The Garden of Earthly Delights collages mountain leaves and vegetation in a manner similar to Mothlight. Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde portrays the sense of terror that Brakhage felt upon filming the ruins in Mesa Verde. (Christopher Luna) |
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 221-1156. 7 pm Sunday, Sept. 28. $4-$7.
Having fallen in love with Criterion's by Brakhage collection, I'm really hoping that I'll be able to go to this, especially since it features pieces not on the DVD. If you're in the Portland area and you've got Sunday night open, you should definitely check this out.