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Desert

1976

Dir. Stan Brakhage, super 8mm & 16mm Color Silent 00:10:00

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Description

Invited to Riverside, California, Brakhage, under the mistaken impression that it was out in the desert, was planning a desert movie when he arrived to discover an unattractive suburban landscape. So he decided to make, and shoot, a desert on his motel room table. The resulting film does include some of the actual landscape, including palm trees and a sunset, but juxtaposes it with more of his light imagery, made by photographing things very close and out of focus. For Brakhage, large and small, and inner and outer, worlds dance about each other in a kind of equivalency.

[Source: Fred Camper, By Brakhage: An Anthology, volume two DVD]