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Star Garden

Stan Brakhage

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

The ‘star’ as it is singular, is the sun, and it is metaphored, at the beginning of this film, by the projector anyone uses to show forth. Then the imaginary sun begins its course throughout whatever darkened room this film is seen within. At ‘high noon’ (of the narrative) it can be imagined as if in back of the screen, and to shift its imagined lightsource gradually back through aftertones and imaginings of the ‘stars’ of the film till it achieves a one-to-one relationship with moon again. This ‘sun’ of the mind’s eye of every viewer does not necessarily correspond with the off screen ‘pictured sun’ of the film, but anyone who plays this game of illumination will surely see the film in its most completely conscious light. Otherwise it simply depicts (as Brancusi put it): ‘One of those days I would not trade for anything under heaven.’ – S.B. test