Phoebe Cohen

  • “Scenes From Under Childhood”

    . . . this fire of motion pictures erupts out of Time’s dimension . . .

    —Stan Breakage, on Georges Méliès

    From childhood memories . . . comes a feeling of being uncommitted and afterwards lost that I hold to be the most fruitful that exists. . . . It is as if you were running towards your salvation, or your doom. You relive, in the shadows, a precious terror. . . . With a shudder you cross what the occultists call dangerous territory.

    —Andre Breton, Surrealist Manifesto (1924)

    IN SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD, his major 16 mm work of the late 1960s, Brakhage seeks to show his passage across that