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Eye Myth (1967)

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After the title, a white screen gives way to a series of frames suggestive of abstract art, usually with one or two colors dominating and rapid change in the images. Two figures emerge from... See full summary »

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Stan Brakhage
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After the title, a white screen gives way to a series of frames suggestive of abstract art, usually with one or two colors dominating and rapid change in the images. Two figures emerge from this jungle of color: the first, a shirtless man, appears twice, coming into focus, then disappearing behind the bursts and patterns of color, then reappearing; the second figure appears later, in the right foreground. This figure suggests someone older, someone of substance. The myth? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This film is included on "By Brakhage: an Anthology", which is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #184. See more »

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Featured in Keepers of the Frame (1999) See more »

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What You "Think" You Saw vs. What "IS"
4 October 2003 | by SqurpleboySee all my reviews

What can someone say that about a 9 second film that doesn't

sound pretentious, and ultimately take longer to read that viewing

the film itself? Nothing, but I'll spill it anyway...



EYE MYTH (1967) is worth seeing, several times if possible.

Utilizing a piece of pre-photographed celluloid Brakhage then

proceeded to paint over and etch into the images (only a seated

man is briefly discernable) to achieve a roiling miasma of visceral

colours and fractured shades. It's short and sweet and

surprisingly effective. More important probably was the fact that it

was, for Brakhage, a stepping-stone towards achieving a

"mastery" over purely visual mythos with his films, a "confidence- booster" that would lead to the incredible hand-painted

masterpieces of the following decades. {I'd highly recommend

purchasing the "by Brakhage: an anthology" DVD for a chance to

see this film manually on a slower speed, and thereby catch the

richness of the images and colour-washed movements all the

clearer.}



7/10. You'll be surprised what tricks the eyes play on the mind with

this one.


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USA

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Silent

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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