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Sirius Remembered

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1959
12 minutes, Colour, silent
Available formats: 16mm

‘The corpse of the family dog inspires rapid camera movement and rapid editing in an attempt to come to terms with death.” – SB

‘I was coming to terms with decay of a dead thing and the decay of the memories of a loved being that had died and it was undermining all abstract concepts of death. The form was being cast out by probably the same physical need that makes dogs dance and howl in rhythm around a corpse. I was taking song as my inspiration and for the rhythm structure, just as dogs dancing, prancing around a corpse, and howling in rhythm-structures or rhythm-intervals might be considered like the birth of some kind of son.’ – SB

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