Stan Brakhage II

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Glaze of Cathexis

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 18, 2015

Personally, I’m not quite grasping what Stan has to say about this one. Brakhage scholar Fred Camper’s commentary is remarkable. Is he overly anthropomorphizing or concretizing the plainly abstract? Probably not—why not have the images, and also the critic’s artful interpretation thereof? The idea of a spirited interaction with someone else’s film images is after all a nice parallel to the raising of the spectator to status of the maker, with equal responsibilities and opportunities. Anarcho-syndicalism! Very important indeed, though you may not always feel quite up to the challenge …