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UCLA Film & Television Archive, Los Angeles Filmforum and Acropolis Cinema present

Metaphors on Vision: Films by Stan Brakhage

April 13, 2018 -
April 14, 2018

"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."

So begins Stan Brakhage’s classic Metaphors on Vision.  First published in 1963 as a special issue of Film Culture, it stands as the major theoretical statement by one of avant-garde cinema’s most influential figures, a treatise on mythopoeia and the nature of visual experience written in a style as idiosyncratic as his art.  By turns lyrical, technical and philosophical, this is a collection to be shelved alongside the commentaries of Robert Bresson, Maya Deren, Sergei Eisenstein and Nagisa Oshima.  After being out of print for decades, the volume is now available again in a new edition from Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry, overseen by its original editor P. Adams Sitney.  To celebrate its republication, the UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a two-night program of key Brakhage films.

All films directed by Stan Brakhage.  All prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Canyon Cinema, except where noted.  Program curated by Steve Anker and Thomas Beard.

Los Angeles Filmforum members receive free admission to this series at the Billy Wilder Theater box office!

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
Stan Brakhage

Off-Site Event: Stan Brakhage: Life, Death, and the Elements

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 7:30 pm Echo Park Film Center
Stan Brakhage

Selected Songs

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Metaphors on Vision

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater