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Posted by martinteller on August 17, 2009

I really ought to dig into my Criterion set and re-evaluate my position on Brakhage.  Lately it seems like I’m watching his stuff more in the name of hoarding than genuine interest.  It’s a normal function of art to make the audience ask, “Am I being sold a line of horseshit here?”  The problem arises when you begin to believe the answer is yes.  Is there an artistry to this frenetically edited pile of nature footage (mostly glaciers and forests)?  Or is it just another in an endless stream of hastily slapped together home movies masquerading as art?  At any rate, certainly not all Brakhage is equal.  This one didn’t annoy me like some of his work does, but I didn’t get a whole lot out of it either.  Rating: 6


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