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Stan Brakhage

STAN BRAKHAGE’S IMPORTANCE to avant-garde film cannot be overestimated, for this protean creator of some 350 works in a career spanning half a century taught us how to experience—and not just watch—film itself. His aesthetic ambitions were always large: “To search for human visual realities,” he writes in his seminal book Metaphors on Vision (1963), “man must, as in all other homo motivation, transcend the original physical restrictions and inherit worlds of eyes.” For Brakhage, art, in whatever form, makes manifest one’s being in the world, a world that still remains to be discovered.

Criterion has released a second volume of By Brakhage, a companion to the set released in 2003 of twenty-six of the filmmaker’s masterworks, and both volumes will be presented together in Blu-ray. The increased availability of this material serves, one hopes, to expose more and more people to Brakhage’s

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