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The Horseman, The Woman, and The Moth

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1968
25 minutes, Colour, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

A long myth drawn directly onto the films surface, which is painted, dyed, treated so that it will grow controlled crystals and mould – as textures of the figures and forms of the drama, some images stamped through melted wax crayon techniques, some images actual objects (such as moth wings) collaged directly on the celluloid…so that the protagonists of this myth (as listed in the title) weave through crystalline structures and organic jungles of the colourful world of hypnogogic vision-edited into ‘themes and variations’ that tell a ‘thousand and one ‘stories while at the same time, evoking Baroque music…. the primary musical inspiration being harpsichord Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. – S.B.