PRINT January 1973

Stan Brakhage: Four Films

THERE IS A SMALL ANECDOTE in circulation concerning Stan Brakhage and his first confrontation with Andy Warhol’s “long-take” films of the early sixties. Brakhage arrived in New York one day, curious and somewhat irritated by the critical praise these films had received at the hands of Jonas Mekas in The Village Voice. He requested from Mekas a private screening of the work in question and, this promptly accomplished, retired to a room with a projector, only to emerge several hours later—tired but more enraged than before, denouncing the flurry of critical revelation occasioned by films such as Eat and Kiss. Mekas asked whether he had projected them at 16 frames per second. He had viewed them at 24. Then this, Mekas surmised, must be the source of his difficulty and he directed Brakhage to go back and run them at the slower speed. More time elapsed and Brakhage retumed, totally exhausted

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