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By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two

Street Date:
May 25th, 2010
Movie Release Year:
MPAA Rating:
697 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Stan Brakhage

Plot Synopsis:

Working outside the mainstream, Stan Brakhage made nearly four hundred films. Challenging all taboos in his exploration of “birth, sex, death, and the search for God,” Brakhage turned his camera on explicit lovemaking, childbirth, even autopsy. Many of his most famous works pursue the nature of vision itself and transcend the act of filming. Some, including the legendary Mothlight, were made without using a camera at all. Instead, Brakhage pioneered the art of making images directly on film—drawing, painting, and scratching it by hand. His visionary style has influenced everything from cartoons and television commercials to MTV music videos and the work of such mainstream moviemakers as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Oliver Stone. This is the definitive Brakhage collection—fifty-six of his works in high-definition digital transfers, spanning his almost fifty-year career.

Technical Specs

  • 3-Disc Set

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.33:1
  • 1.85:1

Audio Formats

  • English LPCM Mono


  • TBA


  • Brakhage on Brakhage, a collection of video encounters with the filmmaker
  • Audio remarks on selected films by Stan Brakhage
  • For Stan, a short film by Marilyn Brakhage
  • Excerpts from a 1990 interview with Brakhage
  • Footage from Brakhage's salon at the University of Colorado
  • Audio recordings of two lectures by Brakhage
  • A booklet featuring a foreword and program notes by Marilyn Brakhage, as well as write-ups of the films and an essay by Brakhage expert Fred Camper