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The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

Stan Brakhage
USA 1971
32 min

This silent film provides a poetic documentation of an autopsy performed on the human body. It is perhaps the first movie that confronts us with the unvarnished truth of death, the last secret, making us aware of our own physicality. The film’s title is derived from the Greek word “autopsía”, which is composed of the words for “self ” and “viewing” or the “act of seeing”.

  • Stan Brakhage
Stan Brakhage
Marilyn Brakhage
16 mm
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