The Garden of Earthly Delights (1981) by Stan Brakhage

Sunday, April 20, 1986, 8:00 pm

Stan Brakhage: “Painted Light” Films

Filmmaker Stan Brakhage in person


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

Stan Brakhage has always been drawn to working directly on film stock, and has incorporated mold-growths, painting, taping of found materials and scratching to visually enrich his filmed images. In tonight’s program, Brakhage will show several films which span his entire career and discuss the many techniques with which he has “painted with light.” Highlighting the evening will be in-progress premieres of two new films, short in length but visually complex, that consist entirely of hand-painted frames and have taken years to create. Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, they form part of a trilogy (along with the recently-released Hell Spit Flexion). The three films were each painted on different original material: Hell Spit Flexion on 35mm, Purgation on original-gauge cinemascope; and “existence is song” on I-Max 70mm.

Nodes (1981); Skein (1974); Dog Star Man, Part II (1963); Songs 21 & 22 (ca. 1966); Eye Myth (loop); “He Was Born, He Suffered, He Died” (1974); The Garden of Earthly Delights (1981); Sexual Meditation: Motel (1980); The Dante Trilogy: Hell Spit Flexion (1983); Purgation (1986); “existence is song” (1986).