Existence is Song: A Stan Brakhage Retrospective

Scenes from Under Childhood

Stan BrakhageUSA137 minutes1970GColourSilent

Apr 7
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Brakhage's marriage to Jane Collom, the subsequent birth of their five children, and their move to rural Colorado inspired the filmmaker to document the family's domestic life in his films in an extremely personal and provocative way. In the keenly observed and epically scaled Scenes from Under Childhood, Brakhage attempts to visualize the psychological interior of a child as they "learn the world" from birth through to maturity. Beginning with organic colour fields and muffled sounds that represent the womb, Scenes proceeds through visually distorted impressions of the physical world that eventually coalesce into "mature" vision, mapping out the visual socialization and acquisition of the descriptive order that Brakhage so eloquently challenged throughout his singular career.