Nightmusic (1986) by Stan Brakhage

Thursday, March 26, 1987, 8:00 pm

New Work By Brakhage I – The Loom and Others

Filmmaker Stan Brakhage in person


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

Stan Brakhage has astonished the film world with the completion of nearly 2 1/2 hours of new work, including what are clearly some of his strongest films in many years. The Loom (1986) took several years to make, and marks a significant advancement in Brakhage’s aesthetic: “A multiple superimposition hand-painted visual symphony of animal life on earth. The Loom might be compared to musical quartet form (as there are almost always 4 superimposed pictures); but the complexity of texture, multiplicity of tone, and the variety of inter-related rhythm, suggest symphonic dimensions. The film is very inspired by Georges Méliès: the animals exist (in Jane’s enclosure) as on a stage, their inter-relationships edited to the disciplines of dance …” (S.B.) Other films include the Caswallon Trilogy, Loud Visual Noises, Nightmusic, and the Dante Trilogy.