Stan Brakhage I

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Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 18, 2015

More with Brakhage’s buddies. There’s some striking camera work, especially the handheld movements and the narrow depths of field. Desistfilm has plenty of that oft-mentioned Beat sensibility, but more than that it’s really good at youth’s desperate desires to happily occupy itself, and at the dumb things youth does as it pursues that desire. Also, as per usual in this period of Brakhage’s career, and probably in his/a young (wo)man’s life generally, painful sexual desire, and the frustration that follows. The shot that follows Walt Newcombe around and around is quite spectacular.