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 »
A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »
Samson De Brier,
Dancers, shown in photographic negative, perform a series of ballet moves, solos, pas de deux, larger groupings. The dancers glide and rotate untroubled by gravity against a slowly changing... See full summary »
"Anticipation of the Night" is a memory piece set in the present tense. It is best described -- I think by the filmmaker, for I saw this work when it was new -- as "the day's events as recalled by an infant who is, as yet, unable to organize his thoughts." Thus we are shown not only a series of concrete shots of activities that the kid has just been through, but also a number of recurring abstract images that he cannot quite put into context because he doesn't have a sense of time. One goes into a trance while watching it and, amazingly, the film takes hold only when it's over when the viewer tries to sort it out -- exactly as the child has done as it anticipates the night. (See also Jim Shedden's intimate profile of Stan Brakhage in the 1998 documentary "Brakhage").
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