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Stan Brakhage: Life, Death, and the Elements

April 15, 2018

Stan Brakhage: Life, Death, and the Elements

New Restorations from the Academy Film Archive
Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum, in collaboration with the UCLA Film & Television Archive


7:00 PM


7:30 PM


Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Touching  on some of Stan Brakhage’s (1933-2003) most recurring and fundamental  themes, this selection of five films pairs an early, celebrated  masterpiece (Scenes From Under Childhood) and a truly monumental but neglected work made the year before his death (Panels for the Walls of Heaven).   Three other short films––all distinctly visually striking and  reflecting a palpable viscerality ––balance out this program of new  restorations from the Academy Film Archive, the majority appearing here  in their first public screenings in the Academy’s new 16mm prints.


Scenes from Under Childhood  (Section One) (1967)

Stately Mansions Did Decree (1999)

Fires of Water (1965)

Self Song & Death Song (1997)

Panels for the Walls of Heaven (2002)

All films showing on new 16mm prints.

The  Academy Film Archive has been home to the Stan Brakhage collection  (comprising his originals, printing elements, and other film materials)  since 2004.  Since that time, Academy film preservationist Mark Toscano  has worked to inspect, catalog, identify, and document the collection,  as well as preserve, restore, and reprint over 80 of Brakhage’s films,  with additional titles always in progress.

On  April 13 and 14, in celebration of the recently reissued Metaphors on  Vision, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will present two  different Brakhage shows at the Billy Wilder theater. More info here.

One of the great documents of the American cinema.

- J. Hoberman on Metaphors on Vision

[Scenes from Under Childhood is] a glorious, romantic epic.

- J. Hoberman, Village Voice

One of the last works the filmmaker completed, [Panels of the Walls of Heaven is] staggering, filled with lava flows of irradiated rust-reds and  sludge-mercury blues so dense they seem to bulge from the frame. A  masterpiece.

- Chuck Stephens, Cinema Scope

(Available to download after screening date)

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