Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980-1990 by Jerry WhiteStan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980-1990 by Jerry White

Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980-1990

byJerry White

Hardcover | April 12, 2018

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This is a collection of writings by the giant of experimental cinema, Stan Brakhage, that shows him in a completely new light, as part of world cinema. For the duration of the 1980s, Brakhage contributed to the Boulder literary magazine Rolling Stock, mostly publishing reports from the Telluride Film Festival. These reports show that Brakhage was keenly interested in world cinema, anxious to meet and dialogue with filmmakers of many different stripes.

The book also contains substantial discussion of Brakhage's work in light of the filmmakers he encountered at Telluride and discussed in Rolling Stock. Long chapters are given over to Soviet filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky, Larissa Shepitko, and Sergei Parajanov, as well as the German filmmaker Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. Brakhage was a keen viewer of these filmmakers and their contemporaries, both at Telluride and in his role as teacher at the University of Colorado, and Stan Brakhage and Rolling Stock attempts to place his work alongside theirs and thus reclaim him for world cinema.

The book's appendices reprint letters Brakhage wrote to Stella Pence (Telluride's co-founder and managing director), as well as summaries of his work for Telluride and a brace of difficult-to-find reviews.

Jerry White is Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie University. He is the author of numerous books on film, including Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville (WLU Press, 2013).
Title:Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980-1990Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.1 × 9.9 × 1.3 inPublished:April 12, 2018Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface by Linda Williams


Chapter One: A Conservative Avant-garde: Brakhage, Tarkovsky and Syberberg

Stan Brakhage Texts

Brakhage text 1 “Closely Watched Blurs”

Brakhage text 2 “Brakhage at the Ninth Telluride”

Brakhage text 3 “Telluride Gold: Brakhage Meets Tarkovsky”

Brakhage text 3.1 “Short Takes on Telluride:‘Straight’ European vs. New American”

Critical Interlude: Notes on the Films Brakhage Showed to Tarkovsky, 1983

Brakhage text 4 “Telluride Zinc”

Brakhage text 4.1 “Mailer Madness, Torn Macho”

Brakhage text 4.2 “Losey and Leigh”

Brakhage text 5 “Telluride Takes, Brakhage Talks”

Brakhage text 6 “Brakhage Observes: Telluride the 13th”

Brakhage text 7 “The Gold, the Bad & the Usual”

Chapter Two: A Certain Kind of Soviet: Brakhage, Parajanov and Shepitko


Epilogue: Pordenone, 2015


Appendix A: Final Brakhage text: “International Cinema: The 12th Denver”

Appendix B: Blessings: Letters from Stan Brakhage

Appendix C: Ruby Rich: “Hitler: A Film From Germany: Is this a fascist film or an exposé of fascist filmmaking?”

Appendix D: A Stan Brakhage / Telluride filmography

Appendix E : A Stan Brakhage / Rolling Stock bibliography

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