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Stan Brakhage

Stan Brakhage

Director

Stan Brakhage is one of the most influential filmmakers in American avant-garde cinema, noted for his unflinching social commentaries and technical innovations. Over his nearly 40-year career, he has made over 200 films of varying length. He made his first film, Interim (1952) at age 18 after dropping out of college. Brakhage films seek to change the way we see. They encourage viewers to eschew traditional narrative structure in favor of pure visual perception that is not reliant on naming what is seen; rather his goal is to create a more visceral visual experience, for he believes that a "stream-of visual-consciousness could be nothing less than the pathway of the soul." To this end, his films are shot in highly sensual colors and utilize minimal soundtracks. His work can be divided into distinct periods. His first short films explored the properties and possibilities of light. In many of his experimental ventures, Brakhage has forgone traditional cinematography in favor of working directly with the film stock itself. He has occasionally painted, inked, scratched and dyed images onto it; he has also tried pasting organic objects on the film. His most famous example is the 1963 short Mothlight in which he glued moth wings onto the stock. Some of his early films were based on his most intimate experiences that included making love to his new bride--depicted on negative film--in Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959), and an attempt to bring his dead dog back to life with a camera in Sirius Remembered (1959). During the 1960s, Brakhage's iconoclastic views were celebrated for their poetry, but during the '70s, his focus changed to social issues and he alienated many supporters with such disturbing film series as the "Pittsburgh documents" in which he presented many gruesome views of inner city life with films such as Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971) which was shot in a morgue. He also continued with autobiographical material with the "Sincerity/Duplicity series. During the 1980s, Brakhage's focus again changed--this time he became intrigued with creating truly "abstract" films such as Arabics (1982) which consists of brilliant bursts of colored light which he claims, represent "envisioned music." In addition to filmmaking, Brakhage also wrote books about films and filmmaking and also served as a teacher.

Born: January 14, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Died: March 9, 2003 (Age 70)

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Known For
Streaming sources for Mothlight
Mothlight
Streaming sources for Window Water Baby Moving
Window Water Baby Moving
Streaming sources for The Act of Seeing with Ones Own Eyes
The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
Streaming sources for Dog Star Man Part I
Dog Star Man: Part I
Filmography
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
6.4
Actor Himself 1998
Movie
7.1
Actor Noon Sr. 1993
Movie
7.1
Actor Himself 1997
Movie
7.8
Actor Self 2000
Movie
6.8
Actor Self 1969
Movie
5.7
Actor 1964
Movie
7.1
Actor Himself 2011
Movie
7.3
Actor Himself 2001
Movie
Actor Himself (voice) 1978
Movie
Actor Himself 1987
Movie
Actor 1984
Movie
6.3
Actor Himself 2002
Movie
Actor 1988
Movie
6.9
Actor Man 1965
Movie
6.9
Actor Himself 1971
Movie
6.8
Actor Himself 1994
Movie
7.8
Actor Himself (archive footage) 2006
Movie
7.4
Actor Himself 1999
TV Show
Actor Himself
(1 Episode)
1972-1981
Short Film
6.6
Actor Self (Father) 1959
Short Film
6.3
Actor 1962
Short Film
6.6
Actor 1962
Short Film
6
Actor 1963
Short Film
6.5
Actor 1964
Short Film
5.9
Actor 1964
Short Film
6
Actor Self 1959
Short Film
6.3
Actor 1959
Short Film
5.9
Actor 1988
Short Film
5.6
Actor Narrator (voice) 1974
Short Film
5.4
Actor 1954
Short Film
5.1
Actor 1964
Short Film
Actor Himself 1969
Short Film
Actor 1956
Short Film
6.6
Actor 2001
Short Film
Actor 1956
Short Film
Actor 1956
Short Film
Actor Narrator 1989
Movie
Actor Himself 1991
Movie
Actor 1993
Movie
5.7
Directing Director, Editor, Writer, Director of Photography 1964
Movie
5.9
Directing Director, Director of Photography 1974
Movie
Directing Director 1984
Movie
Directing Director 1988
Movie
6.9
Directing Director, Editor, Cinematography, Producer 1965
Movie
Directing Director 1991
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Directing Director 2000
Movie
7.7
Directing Director 1968
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Directing Director 1970
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Directing Director 1990
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Directing Director 1977
Movie
Directing Director 1986
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Directing Director 1980
Short Film
Directing Director 1987
Movie
Directing Director 1995
Short Film
5.6
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
6.8
Directing Director 1967
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor 1978
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director 1958
Short Film
5.3
Directing Director 1981
Short Film
6.4
Directing Director 1994
Short Film
5
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 1977
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1992
Short Film
5.6
Directing Director 1978
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1959
Short Film
4.9
Directing Director 1955
Short Film
5.1
Directing Director 2003
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1997
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director 1992
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1991
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1976
Short Film
5.8
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 1977
Short Film
6.1
Directing Director 1971
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director 1962
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1963
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1964
Short Film
6.5
Directing Director 1964
Short Film
5.7
Directing Director 1980
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1977
Short Film
5
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
5.3
Directing Director 1994
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director 1992
Short Film
5.7
Directing Director 1990
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director 1994
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1988
Short Film
6.6
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 1952
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director 2011
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
5.8
Directing Director 1963
Short Film
6.2
Directing Director 1980
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1986
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
5.6
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
5.5
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
5.5
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
5.8
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
5.8
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
6.6
Directing Director 1962
Short Film
5.8
Directing Director 1988
Short Film
5.5
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 1955
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1969
Short Film
7.7
Directing Director 2002
Short Film
4.6
Directing Director 1959
Short Film
5.1
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor 1964
Short Film
4.8
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
4.7
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
4.9
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
5.1
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
5.2
Directing Director 1964
Short Film
5.1
Directing Director 1964
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5.2
Directing Director 1964
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5.1
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor 1964
Short Film
4.7
Directing Director 1964
Short Film
5.2
Directing Director 1964
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5.2
Directing Director 1964
Short Film
4.9
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1974
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director 1993
Short Film
5
Directing Director 1993
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director, Director of Photography, Editor 1971
Short Film
4.7
Directing Director 1997
Short Film
5.2
Directing Director 1994
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1987
Short Film
5.7
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
5.5
Directing Director 1960
Short Film
6.1
Directing Director 1977
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 1954
Short Film
5.7
Directing Director 1981
Short Film
6.1
Directing Director 1970
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1994
Short Film
4.9
Directing Director 1972
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1972
Short Film
5.6
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 1974
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director, Sound Designer, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 2020
Short Film
5.5
Directing Director 1977
Short Film
6
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor 1955
Short Film
5.5
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor 1961
Short Film
5.5
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director 1981
Short Film
6.4
Directing Director, Writer, Cinematography, Editor 1953
Short Film
5.8
Directing Director 1989
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1989
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1990
Short Film
5.7
Directing Director 1990
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 2000
Short Film
6.3
Directing Director 1959
Short Film
6.6
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor 1959
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1997
Short Film
7
Directing Director 2004
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6.9
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor 1978
Short Film
Directing Director 1969
Short Film
Directing Director of Photography 1971
Short Film
Directing Director 1967
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Directing Director 1968
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Directing Director 1969
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Directing Director 1971
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Directing Director 1968
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Directing Director 1967
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Directing Director 1969
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Directing Director 1971
Short Film
Directing Director, Editor, Director of Photography 1986
Short Film
5.3
Directing Director 1972
Short Film
6.6
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
6.6
Directing Director 2000
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6.6
Directing Director 2000
Short Film
6.4
Directing Director 2000
Short Film
6.4
Directing Director 1993
Short Film
Directing Director 1994
Short Film
Directing Director 1968
Short Film
Directing Director 1993
Short Film
Directing Director 1993
Short Film
Directing Director 1994
Short Film
4.2
Directing Director 1965
Short Film
Directing Director 1970
Short Film
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
Directing Director 1969
Short Film
Directing Director 1956
Short Film
7.1
Directing Director 1979
Short Film
Directing Director 1971
Short Film
Directing Director 1956
Short Film
Directing Director 1956
Short Film
Directing Director 1957
Short Film
5.1
Directing Director 1971
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Directing Director 1970
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Directing Director 1972
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Directing Director 1970
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Directing Director 1971
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Directing Director 1973
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Directing Director 1971
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Directing Director 1969
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Directing Director 1972
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Directing Director 1979
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Directing Director 1974
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Directing Director 1974
Short Film
Directing Director 2002
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1969
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Directing Director 1969
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Directing Director 1965
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Directing Director 1969
Short Film
Directing Director 1987
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Directing Director 1993
Short Film
Directing Director 1993
Short Film
5.4
Directing Director 1972
Short Film
6.6
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
Directing Director, Cinematography, Editor, Writer 1955
Short Film
6.8
Directing Director 2000
Short Film
6.5
Directing Director 2000
Short Film
7
Directing Director 2000
Short Film
7
Directing Director 2000
Short Film
Directing Director 1984
Short Film
6.9
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
6.5
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
6.5
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
7
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
7
Directing Director 2001
Short Film
Directing Director 1997
Short Film
Directing Director 2002
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Directing Director 2002
Short Film
Directing Director 2002
Short Film
Directing Director 2002
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Directing Director, Writer 1972
Short Film
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
Directing Director 1999
Short Film
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
6.1
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
6
Directing Director 1996
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6
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
6.4
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
5.8
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
5.9
Directing Director 1996
Short Film
6.1
Directing Director 1996
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6.3
Directing Director 1996
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6
Directing Director 1996
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5.5
Directing Director 1996
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Directing Director 1979
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Directing Director 1976
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Directing Director 2001
Short Film
Directing Director 1980
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Directing Director 1980
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Directing Director 1980
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Directing Director 1998
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Directing Director 1981
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Directing Director 1982
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Directing Director 2001
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Directing Director 1980
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Directing Director 1995
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Directing Director 1999
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Directing Director 1996
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Directing Director 1978
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Directing Director 1976
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Directing Director 1999
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Directing Director 1978
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Directing Director 1999
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Directing Director 1990
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Directing Director 1988
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Directing Director 1986
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Directing Director 1974
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Directing Director 1989
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Directing Director 1990
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Directing Director 1990
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Directing Director 1991
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Directing Director 1978
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Directing Director 1988
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Directing Director 1989
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Directing Director 1999
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Directing Director 1996
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Directing Director 1999
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Directing Director 1986
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Directing Director 2001
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Directing Director 1980
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Directing Director 1972
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Directing Director 1974
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Directing Director 1975
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Directing Director 1980
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Directing Director 1970
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Directing Director 1986
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Directing Director 1988
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Directing Director 1990
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Directing Director 1991
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Directing Director 1992
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Directing Director 1995
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