Stan Brakhage II

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The Wold Shadow

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 18, 2015

Though by all accounts it was not intended, I took this as something of a history of Western painting, or perhaps a questioning of some of that history’s common conclusions. Brakhage alternates conventionally photographed and painted images. In fact, he alternates photographed and painted frames. In this The Wold Shadow qualifies as a structuralist film, which is an idiom or approach that Brakhage tended not to subscribe to. An interesting and important entry then, but the thing that I noticed most was bound up in my own viewing experience. We’ve noted it before:  paint can be pretty abstract, but even at its most non-representational, it keeps reminding you of actual objects, things, the real world.