Stan Brakhage

Riddle of Lumen, The (1972) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The classical riddle was meant to be heard, of course. Its answers are contained within its questions; and on the smallest piece of itself this possibility depends upon SOUND -- 'utterly,' like they say... the pun is its pivot. Therefore, my RIDDLE OF LUMEN depends upon qualities of LIGHT. All films do, of course. But with THE RIDDLE OF LUMEN, 'the hero' of the film is light/itself. It is a film I'd long wanted to make -- inspired by the sense, and specific formal possibilities, of the classical English language riddle... only one appropriate to film and, thus, as distinct from language as I could make it.

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