Stan Brakhage – “Cat’s Cradle” (1959)

Paul Arthur, in his essay for The Criterion Collection, wrote that Cat’s Cradle “does not entirely suppress our recourse to naming but rather floods our typical eye-brain loop with stimuli for which attached language cues are either less than automatic or, in cases of purely sensory appeal, non-existent.” Fred Camper, in another essay for The Criterion Collection, remarked upon the mysteriousness of the four characters’ interactions, but was nevertheless “kept on edge by the very rapid intercutting… the viewer is at once encouraged to come up with his own interpretations and prevented from settling on any one idea.”

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