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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 as we watch a solitary man in shadows in an unadorned house: he stretches out, he picks his feet, he walks across a room, he rocks in a chair. Occasionally he watches two young children at play; the film sometimes speeds up. Handwritten words, like "dark void" and "waiting longing," cross the screen. Film and phrases often come in short bursts. Outdoor it looks gray and cold. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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brakhage experiments some more
12 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a little while, it seemed that watching the visually stunning films of Stan Brakhage was going to start getting ridiculously repetitive, but Brakhage seems to have proved me wrong! It's great to see variety in his work, since, while his traditional style is unique and beautiful, you can only use the same tricks so many times over the course of a 300 movie long career!

Anyway, "I...Dreaming" is among Brakhage's most mysterious, weird, and indescribably beautiful films. Here, he not only experiments with visuals (in which he now scratches words over actual footage rather than just film, and uses time lapse photography), but also with sound. Brakhage is known for having made many films that are just pure silence, no music, no dialogue, no AUDIO. But, here, he plays with the idea of audio, reversing and chopping up music to a point of both annoyance and beauty.


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