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Window Water Baby Moving (1959)

Stan Brakhage films the birth of his first child, Myrrena.

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Uncredited cast:
Jane Brakhage ...
Herself (uncredited)
Myrrena Brakhage ...
Herself (baby being born) (uncredited)
Stan Brakhage ...
Himself (uncredited)
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On a winter's day, a woman stretches near a window then sits in a bathtub of water. She's happy. Her lover is nearby; there are close ups of her face, her pregnant belly, and his hands caressing her. She gives birth: we see the crowning of the baby's head, then the birth itself; we watch a pair of hands tie off and cut the umbilical cord. With the help of the attending hands, the mother expels the placenta. The infant, a baby girl, nurses. We return from time to time to the bath scene. By the end, dad's excited; mother and daughter rest. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 August 1959 (USA)  »

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Window, Water, Baby, Moving  »

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A visceral experience like no other.
28 November 2000 | by (Worcester MA) – See all my reviews

An amazing avant-garde short of the birth of Brakhage's first child. This film is both graphic and beautiful while effecting each viewer a little differently. The colors in the film are especially striking. (Warning this film is not for the queazy).


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