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The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes () Short Film

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Autopsy footage.

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA

Directed By: Stan Brakhage

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The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes belongs to 31 collections
1. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 128 stars)
2. boobs (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 43 stars)
3. Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top 1000 Movies (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 34 stars)
4. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2014 revision) (public: moderated by Jehan - 26 stars)
5. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2013 revision) (public: moderated by rant1229 - 15 stars)
6. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2017 revision) (public: moderated by undinum - 11 stars)
7. Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive Art (public: moderated by Edson Abas - 6 stars)
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Date User Score
May 01 John Milton
50 13%
Apr 28 shanebarlow3
67 47%
Apr 13 dourface dourface
60 45%
Jan 21 am4
93 92%
Jan 08 SyphilisDad
79 89%
Dec 28, 2017 SamLoveitt
75 23%
Dec 28, 2017 mathiasa
70 77%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
20 0%
Oct 01, 2017 sandrikoti
100 83%
Sep 16, 2017 Mathijsvdm
70 23%
Aug 30, 2017 RavynLoony RavynLoony
67 74%
Aug 02, 2017 whataboutit
90 74%
Jul 16, 2017 robochaa
65 29%
Jun 13, 2017 FVC
80 83%
May 30, 2017 aymansousa aymansousa
30 12%
May 20, 2017 Roz Roz
70 45%
The special effects are fantastic.
Mar 29, 2017 maptendoytes maptendoytes
100 77%
Mar 24, 2017 pmartifil pmartifil
95 93%
Mar 10, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
69 75%
Feb 24, 2017 Panunzio
63 19%
Feb 13, 2017 Barraoc Barraoc
70 64%
Certainly situates one within one's own body.
Feb 08, 2017 Gnalkthere Gnalkthere
85 70%
Uncanny Valley: The Movie
Jan 23, 2017 AssafKintzer AssafKintzer
100 17%
Jan 14, 2017 cshadows2887
78 2%
Jan 13, 2017 mjbreuer
59 33%
Jan 12, 2017 acrolyne acrolyne
66 28%
Dec 22, 2016 Mr_Saturn Mr. Saturn
88 86%
Dec 03, 2016 chronoos chronoos
72 84%
Must-see
Nov 28, 2016 ntnvnv ntnvnv
61 43%
Jul 10, 2016 ExcessStarch
60 82%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
20 1%
Apr 30, 2016 Moses77
8 69%
Apr 20, 2016 thirdeye42
72 53%
Mar 22, 2016 myminorplace myminorplace
75 72%
Mar 17, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
17 88%
Mar 16, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
50 43%
Feb 14, 2016 robot2xl robot2xl
74 83%
Jan 24, 2016 ehk2 ehk2
49 62%
I hate you brakhage
Dec 16, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
41 91%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
50 36%
Nov 17, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
100 92%
Oct 26, 2015 Hallogallo Hallogallo
8 70%
Oct 14, 2015 janus
90 94%
Brakhage is content to simply document here, and that's certainly enough. This may be my contrarianism talking, but similar to Blood of the Beasts (Franju, 1949) I found myself thinking more about the living beings depicted than the dead ones. Maybe as a flip side to Window Water Baby Moving, it goes behind closed doors to show us the visceral laboring to be done at the other end of a life.
Oct 14, 2015 Niska Niska
43 77%
Aug 26, 2015 Patatuela
90 84%
Aug 06, 2015 bizarreeye bizarre_eye
90 95%
Jul 19, 2015 syenigun syenigun
75 88%
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
100 93%
Jun 07, 2015 zmt311 zmt311
69 44%
May 22, 2015 Tomhet Tomhet
8 85%
May 08, 2015 shhandlisten storyoftheye
85 77%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70 37%
Apr 16, 2015 loosecanons loosecanons
11 89%
Apr 09, 2015 gargantua gargantua
85 91%
Apr 08, 2015 loc42 loc42
80 79%
Autopsy means the same with the film in Greek language: this means that Brakhage proposes us to observe the bare and obvious existence of the Being in a cinematic space. Interestingly at a date coinciding with the birth of political American cinema, he reveals the falsehood and plastic nature of the conventional "images" amd compels us to think of a new and cruel ontology of narrative. As every "construction" the creators of this story are doctors.
Mar 31, 2015 kamikaze66
60 30%
Feb 05, 2015 roujin roujin
70 78%
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
70 46%
Dec 21, 2014 roka
90 43%
Dec 16, 2014 ArielC
99 76%
Dec 11, 2014 xanderbisc xanderbisc
40 24%
Nov 06, 2014 lisa_ii lisa-
1 1%
some people say that in order to know the horrors of the world, one need only observe them in their full reality. undoubdtedly this is the most pure distillation of that philosophy. the reality of death as presented here is tortuous to look at. nevertheless, i can only feel that taking footage of this nature and presenting it, without comment, as a masterpiece of film, or even as any sort of art at all, is sickening.
Oct 05, 2014 sunno sunno
7 63%
Aug 13, 2014 Ocelot Ocelot
70 72%
The gore was unpleasant and occasionally disturbing, but what resonates with me most is the corpse's face we briefly glimpse at the beginning. As the coroner pokes and prods at him, attempting to discover the cause of death, it occurred to me that there was nothing ostensibly wrong. And as such, this corpse, which is clearly not human yet is aesthetically identical, is tangible proof that one's humanity lies beyond the confines of the body. Now get my ass in a Robot Suit, motherfuckers.
Aug 12, 2014 VinegarBob VinegarBob
75 67%
Unsettling for reasons I can't quite pinpoint.
Aug 11, 2014 caiman caiman
81 66%
Just after finishing this I felt an absolutely unreal sense of my own physicality. Like, I looked at my hands as I moved them and was remarkably aware of the tendons, blood vessels, and muscles. I took in a deep breath and could visualize my lungs inflating. This movie was able to construct a clear mental link between my mind and my body like I've never experienced before. It also made the line between life and death seem paralyzingly thin.
Aug 07, 2014 woodoo woodoo
90 82%
Brakhage's best and most relatable film. A subject that normally turns my stomach made oddly beautiful.
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
50 23%
Jun 30, 2014 Nepeta
60 26%
Showing the human body as a shell, a container. Looking relentlessly at death, showing us the inevitable and the helplessness of the human body once death has come. Tiny bit gross, though.
Jun 04, 2014 maborosi maborosi
86 91%
Jun 03, 2014 cayh
80 73%
May 17, 2014 Groooan
45 92%
May 03, 2014 theWizard_ii theWizard
9 88%
Apr 15, 2014 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
94 94%
Mar 29, 2014 puff puff
3 46%
Mar 24, 2014 Limdebois Limdebois
70 68%
Feb 20, 2014 Henrik Henrik
80 79%
The horror... The horror!
Feb 08, 2014 ChrisReynold ChrisReynold
63 48%
Feb 05, 2014 jeffv jeff_v
75 80%
Feb 02, 2014 Mulholland Mulholland
80 70%
Feb 01, 2014 dzacharyt
20 99%
Dec 29, 2013 netsirhc
6 39%
Dec 29, 2013 pitn
74 8%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
70 64%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
40 3%
Nov 23, 2013 moonsmilk moonsmilk
9 78%
Oct 29, 2013 zoPZ_ii zoPZ!
90 97%
Oct 23, 2013 Auke Briek
70 51%
Sep 28, 2013 sofielykke sofielykke
80 66%
Sep 22, 2013 fakesenator fakesenator
94 96%
Sep 13, 2013 pomegranates pomegranates
100 94%
Sep 02, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
55 66%
Aug 23, 2013 JooJoo JooJoo
3 30%
Aug 17, 2013 jjackson80
69 78%
Jul 25, 2013 koliak2991 koliak2991
78 59%
difficult to watch, nonetheless good. it dignifies the workers at the morgue
Jun 05, 2013 debaser1985
65 38%
May 02, 2013 sweetpeas
60 24%
Mar 18, 2013 Cronos
60 57%
Mar 17, 2013 filmaffinity filmaffinity
70 80%
Mar 09, 2013 payens payens
85 73%
Feb 24, 2013 ColonelTigh
93 63%
Jan 10, 2013 SheWas SheWas
79 88%
Serving advice: mute after 10 minuets and play Red Mecca by Cabaret Voltaire.
Nov 14, 2012 pilgermann pilgermann
75 65%
I'm not sure if this can be considered a thing of beauty by any angle, it's horrific and uncomfortable, but those elements make it fascinating. Thank God this film had no sound; can you imagine the sound of the opening of the skulls or the cutting of the ribs? What a job.
Nov 10, 2012 pup pup
7 59%
Oct 18, 2012 gwynplaine gwynplaine
85 70%
Oct 12, 2012 filmcave
93 96%
Oct 10, 2012 bones_r
70 54%
Aug 27, 2012 shellac
98 76%
Jul 29, 2012 B_Side B-Side
75 58%
Jun 29, 2012 ears550 elixir
72 77%
Jun 26, 2012 ailm ailm
66 70%
Jun 11, 2012 JM1138
84 96%
Jun 08, 2012 Mochard Mochard
60 28%
Jun 04, 2012 PeregrinVelo PeregrinVelo
56 34%
May 30, 2012 mightysparks mightysparks
40 15%
Apr 16, 2012 marcon65 marco_n65
79 72%
Apr 15, 2012 Soulmate
70 38%
Mar 16, 2012 Cerebrus Cerebrus
80 81%
Feb 20, 2012 peekingpanda peekingpanda
65 79%
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
95 95%
Jan 10, 2012 buak buak
85 77%
10 Ocak 2012, & Ilk verdigim puan: 35 Yorumdan, metafordan arindirilmis gercek. belki bir sekilde kisinin yasama ve kendisine olan bakis acisini degistirebilecek gucte. ama asil soru, sinema, bir 'kurucusu' olmadan salt gercekcilik ile pornoya ulasmaz mi? bence Brakhage bu etkili isinde bir sey 'kurmamis'. filmi degersiz kilan bu (2. izleme: 2014: sinema bir kurucu olmadan daha muazzam olabiliyor. -ki burada kurucu var- bu filmi ozumsemek biraz da deneyimle alakali. 20 yil sonra ne dusunecegim?)
Dec 27, 2011 Lone_Wolf miller
7 65%
Dec 22, 2011 Warren Warren
88 89%
Nov 25, 2011 aaronwhat aaronwhat
90 79%
Oct 12, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
69 85%
Sep 25, 2011 TreyAtwood TreyAtwood
78 67%
Jul 18, 2011 manymoons manymoons
82 73%
Jul 07, 2011 Kazaam Kazaam
78 64%
Jun 26, 2011 green_man Edson Abas
85 90%
Jun 23, 2011 whitejeft whitejeft
84 54%
Jun 14, 2011 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Jun 05, 2011 zamanzaman zamanzaman
72 77%
Mar 17, 2011 matty5190 matty5190
86 74%
Mar 07, 2011 danielbenoit
97 68%
Feb 14, 2011 johnatanjj johnatanjj
90 84%
Jan 19, 2011 MrHedgepig MrHedgepig
91 75%
Dec 22, 2010 Coheed
90 89%
Possibly one of the most confrontational works on death ever made, guiding the viewer through multiple autopsies of men and women without any attempt to soften what you see. It is both an incredibly sad and incredibly hopeful one, which shows how physically mortal we are yet also allows a spiritual interpretation if the viewer desires it and shows the beauty of the body as well as confront death. It was one of the most powerful films I have ever seen and is a true masterpiece.
Dec 18, 2010 macumbalove macumbalove
50 %
Dec 03, 2010 stailea
68 7%
Oct 13, 2010 IL I.L.
77 67%
Oct 03, 2010 Seftref
80 92%
Oct 01, 2010 catfacer catfacer
100 99%
Aug 17, 2010 onetwothree
60 66%
Jul 17, 2010 SandraNazz Sandra.Nazz
87 42%
Jul 17, 2010 micmac_ii micmac
53 28%
Jun 23, 2010 3rdman_ii 3rdman
9 90%
Jun 16, 2010 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
85 81%
The poking and prodding I could deal with, but the cutting and peeling of skin and bone, aaaaaaahhhh. 30 minutes feels a little excessive but with the silence it definitely allows a sense of isolation to set in and make you think about life, death and the human body.
Jun 09, 2010 sdoles sdoles
9 88%
Apr 27, 2010 Carlospro Carlospro
85 91%
Mar 10, 2010 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
93 88%
Feb 05, 2010 empire434
70 56%
Jan 15, 2010 donofthedead
90 85%
Dec 14, 2009 Eddie Yang
81 52%
Dec 02, 2009 Stain Stain
50 33%
In a word: ew. Just ew. Yes, it really is almost entirely autopsy footage. A whole lot of detail about human anatomy that you really didn't want to know. Somehow I sat through the whole thing. You can't call it a bad film, really, but I couldn't possibly recommend this to anyone unless he was doing gore FX for an upcoming movie
Nov 25, 2009 MrTwitch
92 66%
Nov 23, 2009 col. dax
100 90%
Oct 21, 2009 mikedemo
65 40%
Oct 03, 2009 winds winds
8 98%
Sep 09, 2009 negative
3 %
Aug 19, 2009 seanlb1
90 81%
Aug 14, 2009 richiodo richiodo
85 64%
Jun 24, 2009 imkenned
88 35%
May 23, 2009 patrickped patrickped
60 34%
May 21, 2009 Veterini Veterini
70 34%
May 07, 2009 Johnny_Case Johnny Case
70 84%
Apr 29, 2009 Ariana23 Ariana23
65 22%
Not much work from the director here, though it's a very interesting watch. Beautiful, sad, ugly, fascinating, and disturbing all at the same time.
Apr 13, 2009 imdb imdb
71 15%
Apr 10, 2009 hereslucas lucbapt
99 97%
Mar 11, 2009 nandorizzi nandorizzi
40 27%
Still, not impressed.
Jan 07, 2009 undinum undinum
100 98%
Nov 15, 2008 drillakiller
90 94%
Nov 09, 2008 coltrane
5 69%
Oct 27, 2008 flowing flowing
63 64%
Aug 31, 2008 Strive Strive
80 81%
Aug 16, 2008 monclivie monclivie
65 29%
Aug 03, 2008 jtb jtb
80 75%
Jul 02, 2008 purity
3 89%
Jul 02, 2008 Mingus
2 59%
May 22, 2008 boxgod boxgod
80 87%
May 02, 2008 Mango
2 3%
Apr 07, 2008 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
4 42%
Apr 04, 2008 bmmello
80 64%
Mar 30, 2008 penguinbob31
65 16%
Mar 25, 2008 postmodifier postmodifier
80 69%
Feb 29, 2008 RNG
94 94%
Dec 01, 2007 welike
20 33%
Oct 19, 2007 Moribunny Moribunny
45 32%
Experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, camera in hand, was let into an actual busy metropolitan morgue and shot this. Edited down to half an hour, basically what you see here is real corpses being pathologically tested, dissected and/or taken apart (scalped, disemboweled, dismembered, etc.) by morticians. There is no sound. What is the value of this? I don't know. It shows you what your insides look like.
Aug 13, 2007 flaneur
90 86%
Aug 13, 2007 yilb yilb
60 58%
Stunning, beautiful, had to turn it off partway through. A bit too human to watch dispassionately.
Aug 13, 2007 opalfilms
94 90%
Aug 13, 2007 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
90 94%
Is there any film which so completely and brutually confronts the viewer with the realities of death? I think the real brilliance of this movie is what Brakhage DOESN'T do, his sense of restraint and focus. His camera never flinches, there is no commentary, no metaphor, no cutaways. There are no superfluous scenes, nothing that doesn't relate to the physicality of death and the body. This is all about seeing death with your own eyes, and it can actually change the way you see yourself.
Average Percentile 63.31% from 191 Rankings rss