Cite as: P. Adams Sitney, The Orphic Vision of Brakhage’s Cinema, lecture and screening, ICI Berlin, 23 March 2011, part 1, video recording, mp4, 11:42 <>
Lecture, Screening
23 Mar 2011

The Orphic Vision of Brakhage's Cinema

By P. Adams Sitney
With a screening of The Dante Quartet

A discussion of the relationship of cinema to memory, imagination, closed eye vision, and poetry, through the work of the prolific experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933-2003). His best-known works include The Wonder Ring (1955), The Dead (1960), Blue Moses (1962), Mothlight (1963), 23rd Psalm Branch (1966-67), the Scenes from Under Childhood cycle (1967-70), and the Arabic Numeral Series (1981-82). The lecture will discuss Brakhage’s hand-painted The Dante Quartet(1987, 7 min.).

P. Adams Sitney is currently a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He is the author ofVisionary Film (Oxford University Press, 1974, 2nd edn. 1979, 3rd edn. 2002); Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics (University of Texas Press, 1995); Modernist Montage: The Obscurity of Vision in Cinema and Literature (Columbia University Press, 1992), and Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is a Professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.


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Part 1

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Length: 00:11:42
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