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Stan Brakhage was paid $200 to document the 3rd Ave. El (train) in New York City. Thatfootage became this film. See more »

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Early Brakhage, nothing happens as always
26 September 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a 5.5-minute short film from over 55 years ago and the director is the very prolific Stan Brakhage when he was still in his mid-20s, pretty early in his career. It is not his usual boring style, but not much interesting either. Basically this film is a collection of recordings from a city, some from outside, some through a train window. There are almost no people in here, just buildings, but sadly this silent film is not interesting in terms of architecture either. I was pretty generous here with the voting, but honestly, there is still no real reason to watch this film and I'm glad it did not run any longer. Not recommended.


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