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Kindering (1987)

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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 »

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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 is green and lush. A soundtrack mixes a chorus, swelling strings, and a child vocalizing. The effect is to idealize the images. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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What a difference sound makes
11 August 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

These almost 3 minutes certainly do not look like a Stan Brakhage film. There are people in it, there is sound in it and there are no shots of wild colors all the time. Yet it is a movie by the prolific American movie maker. And stuff like this would actually have been what he should have done far more frequently as I enjoyed this more than most of his other works. This was in 1987 when Brakhage was in his 50s and about the the time when he got divorced from his first wife Jane (who gave birth to no less than 5 children). There is a weird, somewhat creepy atmosphere to this film with the children's voices and it adds so much that was missing in his other works. I still would not say this is a particularly good film, but it's definitely superior to almost everything else Brakhage has done.


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