Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. ... See full summary »
In expressive, melodic tones, the fraternal pair debate God's true message and intent for His creations, a conflict that leads their followers - in extravagantly choreographed song and dance - towards chaos and sin.
A young man strolls through a city. He walks under a bridge toward a rail yard. A young woman sees him and walks beside him. They cross the tracks and walk into the countryside. They stop ... 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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