Under Childhood: The Films of Stan Brakhage & Jane Wodening | Denver Film Society

Under Childhood: The Films of Stan Brakhage & Jane Wodening

120 min

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Overview

Writer Jane Wodening's 30-year marriage to, and creative collaboration with, the late filmmaker Stan Brakhage produced some of the most beautiful and poetic “home movies” ever made. Wodening will present three of these films, which chronicle the Brakhage family’s life in the Colorado mountains, and discuss her recent book, Brakhage’s Childhood.

Post-screening discussion with Jane Wodening moderated by writer-filmmaker Brock DeShane.

Special Thanks: Marilyn Brakhage and The Criterion Collection.
Photo from Jane Wodening scrapbook by Arnold Gassan

Films in Program...

Scenes from Under Childhood, Section One

Scenes from Under Childhood, Section One

A 50th-anniversary screening of the first in Stan Brakhage’s four-part landmark of personal cinema. Made with his wife and kids, Brakhage described the film as a visualization of the inner world of fetal beginnings, the infant, the baby, the youngster—a shattering of the ‘myths of childhood.’”

USA 1967 24 Min
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The Stars Are Beautiful

The Stars Are Beautiful

Stan Brakhage’s first sync sound film was inspired by a verbal game he and his wife played, based on the question, “Tell me what is in the sky?” His voiceover reading of astral myths is accompanied by cross-cut, contrasting images of ethereal light patterns and family life.

USA 1974 18 Min
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Window Water Baby Moving

Window Water Baby Moving

Stan Brakhage and Jane Wodening’s intimate chronicle of the home birth of their first child was so controversial in its time that Kodak threatened to turn the negative over to the police—but critic Archer Winsten found it “full of primitive wonder...an experience like few in the history of movies.”

USA 1959 12 Min
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