Venom and Eternity
DIRECTOR: ISIDORE ISOU
Presented by Ed Halter and Thomas Beard
Daybreak & Whiteye
1957 / 9 min / 16mm
Director: Stan Brakhage
Out of print for over 40 years, Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision has recently been reissued by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry. Originally published by Jonas Mekas as a special issue of Film Culture, Metaphors is Brakhage’s major theoretical statement and remains, as J. Hoberman dubbed it, “one of the great documents of American cinema.” To mark the occasion, Metrograph presents two rarely-screened early works by Brakhage alongside Isidore Isou’s Venom and Eternity, a film that made an indelible impression on the young Brakhage when he first saw it at Frank Stauffacher’s Art in Cinema series in San Francisco. Isou’s Lettrist provocation launches an extended assault upon cinematic conventions—sound divorced from picture, shots presented upside down, and even the celluloid itself abraded—in order to break down the art form so that it might be reconstituted anew.
The reissue of Stan Brakhage's Metaphors on Vision will be available for purchase at the Metrograph bookstore.