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

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Sure, but can they get in focus?
29 March 2018 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Oh hey, kid, I remember you from your first performance in Window Water Baby Moving ;)

I dunno. At first I was fascinated by just hearing Brakhage narrating something - if you watch a lot of his shorts he never even records *sound* much less voices - plus his family in what is 16mm (or 8mm?) home movie footage...

But I just didn't care for most of his poetry - maybe it's how he reads it or the words, combo of the two - and after an initial shock seeing a chicken's wings being cut with scissors there isn't much there with either the home footage or the other things Stan shoots for his words to loop over. Moreover, I didnt think even compared to his usual experimentation there was anything compelling in the process of creating his images and/or cutting them together. It's too heavy-handed and the blurred shots feel less intentionally disorienting and about dissonance than it is just... A misfire.


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1.37 : 1
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