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He Was Born, He Suffered, He Died

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1974
14 minutes, Colour, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

The quote is Joseph Conrad answering a critic who found his books too long. Conrad replied that he could write a novel on the inside of a match-book cover, thus (as above), but that he preferred to elaborate. The ‘Life’ of the film is scratched on black leader. The ‘elaboration’ of colour tonalities is as the mind’s eye responds to hieroglyph. – S.B.