Refracted images, not unlike those in a funhouse mirror, display two children playing in a backyard, a boy and a girl. There's a dog, a swing, a picket fence, a Big Wheels trike. The grass ... See full summary »
A collage of two-dimensional images of vegetation, each appearing only for a moment, sometimes as a single image, more often with other bits of stem, leaf, bud, or petal. Often we see only ... See full summary »
Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine, and two fiddle with string. The door opens and in comes a young man, cigarette ... See full summary »
After the title, a white screen gives way to a series of frames suggestive of abstract art, usually with one or two colors dominating and rapid change in the images. Two figures emerge from... See full summary »
Phrases of Stephen Foster, set to music by Joel Heartling, are set to film in this autobiographical piece: a solitary female voice, occasionally joined by a chorus, sings phrases of sorrow ... See full summary »
A stand of birches. Sunlight brightens and dims, revealing more or less of the woods. A little grass is on the forest floor. Is there a shape in the shadows? Something green is out of focus... See full summary »
A visual representation, in four parts, of one man's internalization of "The Divine Comedy." Hell is a series of multicolored brush strokes against a white background; the speed of the ... See full summary »
Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. ... See full summary »
"Rage Net" is a Stan Brakhage movie from over 25 years ago and it only runs for not 30 seconds. It is his usual kaleidoscope style where we have a black background and wild, quickly-changing colors in the foreground. However, nothing significant happens, also as usual. Brakhage was in his 50s when he made this and his style was already clearly defined. Unfortunately, I must say that I did not like his style at all and I almost never see anything of significance in his works. That is also why I am glad that this little movie was over as quickly as it began. Weak watch and I do not recommend it. Also I see no "rage net" in here. Then again, Brakhage's titles are always somewhat pretentious and have little to no connection to what we see in his works. Thumbs down.
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