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The Stars Are Beautiful (1974)

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We move back and forth between scenes of a family at home and thoughts about the stars and creation. Children hold chickens while an adult clips their wings; we see a forest; a narrator ... See full summary »

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Stan Brakhage
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Bearthm Brakhage Bearthm Brakhage ... Himself
Crystal Brakhage Crystal Brakhage ... Herself
Jane Brakhage Jane Brakhage ... Herself
Myrrena Brakhage Myrrena Brakhage ... Herself
Neowyn Brakhage Neowyn Brakhage ... Herself
Rarc Brakhage Rarc Brakhage ... Himself
Stan Brakhage ... Narrator (voice)
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We move back and forth between scenes of a family at home and thoughts about the stars and creation. Children hold chickens while an adult clips their wings; we see a forest; a narrator talks about stars and light and eternity. A dog joins the hens and the family, while the narrator explains the heavens. We see a bee up close. The narrator suggests metaphors for heavenly bodies. Scenes fade into a black screen or dim purple; close-ups of family life may be blurry. The words about the heavens, such as "The stars are a flock of hummingbirds," contrast with images and sounds of real children. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1.37 : 1
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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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3 July 2005 | by noelartmSee all my reviews

I too love this quirky little Brakhage film. It's just too strange not to like. We see Stan's wife Jane with the Brakhage children clipping a chicken's wings - in sync sound, which was unusual for Stan. Meanwhile, the filmmaker is heard on the soundtrack reciting whimsical poems about the sun, the moon and the stars. There is also nature footage and beautiful light patterns captured as only Stan can. My description really doesn't do it justice as this film is truly indescribable. There is no other category to put this in other than experimental or avant guard. It's a standout on the BY BRAKHAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY DVD, which is highly recommended. Watching Brakhage films like this, you can really feel the influence Stan had on 60s and 70s film students like George Lucas and David Lynch.


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