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Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine, and two fiddle with string. The door opens and in comes a young man, cigarette ... See full summary »

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Stan Brakhage (as Brakhage)
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A. Austin A. Austin ... Man #1 (as Austin)
Robert Benson Robert Benson ... Man #2 (as Benson)
Yvonne Fair Yvonne Fair ... Woman (as Fair)
Larry Jordan Larry Jordan ... Man #3 (as Jordan)
Walter Newcomb Walter Newcomb ... Man #4 (as Newcomb)
James Tenney James Tenney ... Man #5 (as Tenney)
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Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine, and two fiddle with string. The door opens and in comes a young man, cigarette between his lips, a swagger on his face. The young woman laughs. As the four young men continue disconnected activities, the other two become a couple. When the four realize something has changed, first they stare at the couple who have kissed and now are dancing slowly. The four run from the house in a kind of frenzy and return to stare. The power of sex has unnerved them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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English

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11 October 2003 (Denmark) See more »

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Denver, Colorado, USA

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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A Strange Brakhge Short
2 September 2015 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

It is atmospheric, creepy, weird, funny, and it's only 7 minutes! I'd definitely recommend it to fans of experimental filmmaking, or anybody interested in filmmaking. Even if you don't like it, you still wouldn't have wasted all too much of your time.

Yes, it has a pretty low user rating, and I can understand if you dislike the film. It is VERY weird and nonsensical and confusing, but I, personally, enjoyed it, and it makes me want to watch even more Brakhage films.

The main problem about "Desistfilm" is that there isn't much to say about it. I can't say it was a flawless, cinematic masterpiece, because it just wasn't good enough for that. I could phrase it differently, by saying that it was missing something, but it wasn't aiming for anything that high, it is just a short, experimental piece. Not Brakhage's best, but still a great short film.


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