Anticipation of the Night and selected shorts (1954-1961) DVD5 NTSC

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  1. Sheriff

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    Feb 18, 2012
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    This is a homemade DVD-R containing 4 films that are not on the By Brakhage Criterion releases, 3 of which are not on released DVDs at all:

    Anticipation of the Night
    Thigh Line Lyre Triangular
    Sirius Remembered

    (Also included are 'Cat's Cradle' and 'Window Water Baby Moving' which are in the first Criterion colection, and 'The Way to Shadow Garden' which is on 'Avant Garde 2' from Kino.)

    The exclusion of 'Anticipation' by Criterion is particularly irksome. This one of Brakhage's most important works, the first film in which he abandoned the traditional representation of early films like 'Way To Shadow Garden' and 'Reflections on Black' for a camera style based on 'hypnogogic vision',

    “Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception. How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of 'Green'? How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye? How aware of variations in heat waves can that eye be? Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of color. Imagine a world before the 'beginning was the word.”

    Well, that's what he tried to create in 'Anticipation'... Unfortunately, it seems it will never show up on commercial DVD because Marilyn Brakhage promised the rights to some European distributor, and nothing has happened on that front for ages...
    Disc Info:
    DVD: region 0, DVD5
    DVD Format: NTSC
    DVD Audio: silent
    Program: FCP
    Menus: Created new main menu
    Audio: none
    DVD extras: none
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