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Visions in Meditation 1

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1989
20 minutes, Colour, Silent

This is a film inspired by Gertrude Stein’s ‘Stanzas In Meditation’, in which the film-maker has edited a meditative series of images of landscapes and human symbolism ‘indicative of that field-of-consciousness within which humanity survives thoughtfully’. It is a film ‘as in a dream’, this first film in a proposed series of such being composed of images shot in the New England States and Eastern Canada. It begins with an antique photograph of a baby and ends with a variety of New England and Eastern Canadian scenes, antique photographs, windows, old farms and cityscapes, as it moves from deep winter, through glare ice, to thaw. – S.B.