Re: Passage Through: A Ritual

From: Marilyn Brakhage (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 09 2006 - 17:47:47 PDT


I'm not sure of the exact ratio of image to leader (and Stan was
sometimes less than accurate with numbers). However, it is a film
consisting of brief flashes of imagery with a lot of black in between
-- and with a great sound track (music by Philip Corner, "Through the
Mysterious Barricade, Lumen 1 (After F. Couperin)".) The end result is
truly remarkable. It is one of Stan's greatest works. . . . I watched
him working on it, editing for hours in his cramped little office space
with a set of rewinds and an old squawk box. When it was finished and
he brought it home and showed it to me, I was completely amazed. All I
could say was, "Now I know your angels are real."


On Saturday, September 9, 2006, at 04:24 PM, J. Mabe wrote:

> Hello list.
> I’m starting a monthly screening series in Columbia,
> SC - just a short self financed program of films
> (maybe with some supplements from the USC’s library
> and from local makers). I’m keeping the screenings
> free and I’m jumping around from venue to venue –
> wherever will have me at the moment. Here’s the thing
> – the first film I’m showing September 24 is
> Brakhage’s “Passage Through: A Ritual.” Now I had a
> couple of hours to blow this afternoon so I stopped by
> the university library and sat down with some old back
> issues of Film Culture. In some interview from around
> Mr. Brakhage’s 60th birthday, he speaks about this
> film and says that when he was creating it he looked
> back through the footage he had shot and found about
> 50 feet of useable film (his estimation). The
> interviewer implied that a large part of the film was
> black leader. Now I’ve never seen this film, and I
> wanted to start my film series off with a challenging
> film – but no so challenging that it’s 1.5 mins of
> images and 48.8 mins of black leader. So, was this
> just hyperbole from Mr. Brakhage and interviewer? Is
> this too esoteric a choice for the first film (I think
> I have enough time to change the selection with the
> FMC if so)? I fully expect to “fail” many many times
> with this series, but I don’t want to alienate a big
> part of the audience right off the bat. Thoughts?
> Thanks!
> Josh Mabe
> Names I came up with for the series:
> Shadow Qualia (No - too pretentious)
> Robert Beck Memorial Cinema Memorial Cinema (No –
> kinda dumb, made me giggle tho)
> Regular Paycheck Cinema (No – too on the nose)
> Still thinking...
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