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In Consideration of Pompeii

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1995
5 minutes, Colour, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

‘Since age 17/18 I’ve been haunted by the catastrophe of Pompeii – beginning with photographs (sold as pornography in high school) of the mummified lovers caught in coitus, preserved by the volcanic ash and reunified by many ghostly photographic books, and especially by Donald Sutherland’s accounts and images from first hand experience of the ruins. My homage is in 3 parts: ‘The Flowers of Pompeii’, ‘Ashen Snow’ and ‘Angelis’.’ -S.B.