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The Machine of Eden (1970)

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An experimental film from Stan Brakhage combining light, spots, blots, and color imagery.

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Stan Brakhage
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An experimental film from Stan Brakhage combining light, spots, blots, and color imagery.

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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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Complex experimental short
14 November 2013 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Dominated by shots of nature, stark but beautiful skies, mountains, tress, but always being interrupted by zooms and shaky camera-work, I assume to point out the camera is a flawed 'machine of Eden' that can only approximate the true beauty of the world.

There are also shots of Brakhage's family, discomfortingly short, mostly framing to cut off their heads or obscure their faces.. Not sure what that means.

Enough striking images to make me frustrated that Brakhage refused to break out of his obsession with moving the camera and making us aware of it. But as often the case with Brakhage, I'm glad I saw it, even while being frustrated.


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