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Anticipation of the Night
Inspired in part by the Surrealists and the films of Maya Deren, Brakhage’s early
psychodramas — which typically follow a young protagonist as he attempts to make sense of a dark and mysterious world — were both visually innovative and gloriously, unabashedly self-involved. This cycle culminated in Brakhage’s most stunning early film, Anticipation of the Night, a work rich in visual metaphor and drenched in shadows from just beyond the wall of sleep.