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Fires of Water

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1965
10 minutes, B&W, Opt.
Available formats: 16mm

‘… Fires of Water, a static camera film / a landscape with houses illuminated by flashes of lightning / with abstracted sounds from a dog and a woman in childbirth), a film as objective as rock, a synthetic object as if out of a dream.’ – P.Adams Sitney, Changes Magazine, June 15th 1969.
Inspired by a statement in a letter from poet Robert Kelly: ‘The truth of the matter is this: that man lives in fires of waters and will live eternally in the first taste.’ This film is a play of light and sounds upon that theme. – S.B.