Campus Units

English

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

Winter 2019

Journal or Book Title

JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies

Volume

58

Issue

2

First Page

71

Last Page

90

DOI

10.1353/cj.2019.0003

Abstract

Discussions of “silent cinema” have generally focused on films made during the silent era (1894–1929). Even after the spread of synchronized sound, however, several experimental filmmakers created films without soundtracks, purely visual experiences that challenged cinema’s status as a multisensory medium. This article gives close attention to Stan Brakhage’s 1959 film Window Water Baby Moving as a way of outlining some of the effects of cinematic silence, such as aesthetic ambiguity and a heightened awareness of cinema’s visual rhythms.

Comments

This article is published as Remes, Justin. "Brakhage and the Birth of Silence." JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 58, no. 2 (2019): 71-90. DOI: 10.1353/cj.2019.0003. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

University of Texas Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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