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Agnus Dei Kinder Synapse

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1991
3 minutes, 30 seconds, Colour, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

To the child mind, the transformative sacrificial power of ‘O, Lamb of God’ is a daily manifestation – – not as an adult shift-of-interest, but rather as ritual magic in which a toy train (‘of-thought’, an adult might say) becomes medium of shifts-of scene, soforth, wherein an elephantine shape transforms to a more ‘real’ (i.e less metaphorical) train, in sacrifice of transformative elephant, so on and on. An earlier film, ‘The Machine of Eden’, is of some similar construct (as is a good deal of Western painting) in its insistence upon contemporary mise-en-scene as grounds for Biblical Lore. – S.B.