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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 - 122 stars)
2. boobs (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 42 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 - 8 stars)
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Date User Score
Feb 15 vitruvian vitruvian
90T9
Jan 21 am4
93T10
Jan 08 SyphilisDad
79T9
Dec 28, 2017 SamLoveitt
75T3
Dec 28, 2017 mathiasa
70T8
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
20T1
Oct 01, 2017 sandrikoti
100T8
Sep 16, 2017 Mathijsvdm
70T4
Aug 30, 2017 RavynLoony RavynLoony
67T8
Aug 02, 2017 whataboutit
90T8
Jul 16, 2017 robochaa
65T3
Jun 13, 2017 FVC
80T9
May 30, 2017 aymansousa aymansousa
30T2
May 20, 2017 Roz Roz
70T5
The special effects are fantastic.
Mar 29, 2017 maptendoytes maptendoytes
100T7
Mar 24, 2017 pmartifil pmartifil
95T10
Mar 10, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
69T8
Feb 24, 2017 Panunzio
63T2
Feb 13, 2017 Barraoc Barraoc
70T7
Certainly situates one within one's own body.
Feb 08, 2017 Gnalkthere Gnalkthere
85T7
Uncanny Valley: The Movie
Jan 23, 2017 AssafKintzer AssafKintzer
100T6
Jan 14, 2017 cshadows2887
78T1
Jan 13, 2017 mjbreuer
59T4
Jan 12, 2017 acrolyne acrolyne
66T3
Dec 22, 2016 Mr_Saturn Mr. Saturn
88T9
Dec 03, 2016 chronoos chronoos
72T9
Must-see
Nov 28, 2016 ntnvnv ntnvnv
61T5
Jul 10, 2016 ExcessStarch
60T9
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
20T1
Apr 30, 2016 Moses77
8T7
Apr 20, 2016 thirdeye42
72T6
Mar 22, 2016 myminorplace myminorplace
75T8
Mar 17, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
17T9
Mar 16, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
50T5
Feb 14, 2016 robot2xl robot2xl
74T9
Jan 24, 2016 ehk2 ehk2
49T7
I hate you brakhage
Dec 16, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
41T10
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
50T4
Nov 17, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
100T10
Oct 26, 2015 Hallogallo Hallogallo
8T7
Oct 14, 2015 janus
90T10
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
43T8
Aug 26, 2015 Patatuela
90T9
Aug 06, 2015 bizarreeye bizarre_eye
90T10
Jul 19, 2015 syenigun syenigun
75T9
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
100T10
Jun 07, 2015 zmt311 zmt311
69T5
May 22, 2015 Tomhet Tomhet
8T9
May 08, 2015 shhandlisten storyoftheye
85T8
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70T4
Apr 16, 2015 loosecanons loosecanons
11T9
Apr 09, 2015 gargantua gargantua
85T10
Apr 08, 2015 loc42 loc42
80T8
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
60T4
Feb 05, 2015 roujin roujin
70T8
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
70T6
Dec 21, 2014 roka
90T6
Dec 16, 2014 ArielC
99T8
Dec 11, 2014 xanderbisc xanderbisc
40T3
Nov 24, 2014 dourface dourface
60T5
Nov 06, 2014 lisa_ii lisa-
1T1
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
7T7
Aug 13, 2014 Ocelot Ocelot
70T8
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
75T7
Unsettling for reasons I can't quite pinpoint.
Aug 11, 2014 caiman caiman
81T7
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
90T9
Brakhage's best and most relatable film. A subject that normally turns my stomach made oddly beautiful.
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
50T3
Jun 30, 2014 Nepeta
60T3
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
86T10
Jun 03, 2014 cayh
80T8
May 17, 2014 Groooan
45T10
May 03, 2014 theWizard_ii theWizard
9T9
Apr 15, 2014 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
94T10
Mar 29, 2014 puff puff
3T6
Mar 24, 2014 Limdebois Limdebois
70T7
Feb 20, 2014 Henrik Henrik
80T8
The horror... The horror!
Feb 08, 2014 ChrisReynold ChrisReynold
63T6
Feb 05, 2014 jeffv jeff_v
75T9
Feb 02, 2014 Mulholland Mulholland
80T9
Feb 01, 2014 dzacharyt
20T10
Dec 29, 2013 netsirhc
6T5
Dec 29, 2013 pitn
74T1
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
70T7
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
40T1
Nov 23, 2013 moonsmilk moonsmilk
9T8
Oct 29, 2013 zoPZ_ii zoPZ!
90T10
Oct 23, 2013 Auke Briek
70T6
Sep 28, 2013 sofielykke sofielykke
80T7
Sep 22, 2013 fakesenator fakesenator
94T10
Sep 13, 2013 pomegranates pomegranates
100T10
Sep 02, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
55T7
Aug 23, 2013 JooJoo JooJoo
3T4
Aug 17, 2013 jjackson80
69T8
Jul 25, 2013 koliak2991 koliak2991
78T6
difficult to watch, nonetheless good. it dignifies the workers at the morgue
Jun 05, 2013 debaser1985
65T4
May 02, 2013 sweetpeas
60T3
Mar 18, 2013 Cronos
60T6
Mar 17, 2013 filmaffinity filmaffinity
70T8
Mar 09, 2013 payens payens
85T8
Feb 24, 2013 ColonelTigh
93T7
Jan 10, 2013 SheWas SheWas
79T9
Serving advice: mute after 10 minuets and play Red Mecca by Cabaret Voltaire.
Nov 14, 2012 pilgermann pilgermann
75T7
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
7T7
Oct 18, 2012 gwynplaine gwynplaine
85T8
Oct 12, 2012 filmcave
93T10
Oct 10, 2012 bones_r
70T6
Aug 27, 2012 shellac
98T8
Jul 29, 2012 B_Side B-Side
75T6
Jun 29, 2012 ears550 elixir
72T8
Jun 26, 2012 ailm ailm
66T8
Jun 11, 2012 JM1138
84T10
Jun 08, 2012 Mochard Mochard
60T6
Jun 04, 2012 PeregrinVelo PeregrinVelo
56T4
May 30, 2012 mightysparks mightysparks
40T2
Apr 16, 2012 marcon65 marco_n65
79T8
Apr 15, 2012 Soulmate
70T5
Mar 16, 2012 Cerebrus Cerebrus
80T9
Feb 20, 2012 peekingpanda peekingpanda
65T8
Jan 21, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
95T10
Jan 10, 2012 buak buak
85T8
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
7T7
Dec 22, 2011 Warren Warren
88T9
Nov 25, 2011 aaronwhat aaronwhat
90T8
Oct 12, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
69T9
Sep 25, 2011 TreyAtwood TreyAtwood
78T7
Jul 18, 2011 manymoons manymoons
82T8
Jul 07, 2011 Kazaam Kazaam
78T7
Jun 26, 2011 green_man Edson Abas
85T10
Jun 23, 2011 whitejeft whitejeft
84T6
Jun 14, 2011 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
Jun 05, 2011 zamanzaman zamanzaman
72T8
Mar 17, 2011 matty5190 matty5190
86T8
Mar 07, 2011 danielbenoit
97T8
Feb 14, 2011 johnatanjj johnatanjj
90T9
Jan 19, 2011 MrHedgepig MrHedgepig
91T8
Dec 22, 2010 Coheed
90T9
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
50T6
Dec 03, 2010 stailea
68T1
Oct 13, 2010 IL I.L.
77T7
Oct 03, 2010 Seftref
80T10
Oct 01, 2010 catfacer catfacer
100T10
Aug 17, 2010 onetwothree
60T7
Jul 17, 2010 SandraNazz Sandra.Nazz
87T5
Jul 17, 2010 micmac micmac•
53T3
Jun 23, 2010 3rdman_ii 3rdman
9T10
Jun 16, 2010 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
85T9
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
9T9
Apr 27, 2010 Carlospro Carlospro
85T10
Mar 10, 2010 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
93T9
Feb 05, 2010 empire434
70T6
Jan 15, 2010 donofthedead
90T9
Dec 14, 2009 Eddie Yang
81T6
Dec 02, 2009 Stain Stain
50T4
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
92T7
Nov 23, 2009 col. dax
100T10
Oct 21, 2009 mikedemo
65T5
Oct 03, 2009 winds winds
8T10
Sep 09, 2009 negative
3T8
Aug 19, 2009 seanlb1
90T9
Aug 14, 2009 richiodo richiodo
85T7
Jun 24, 2009 imkenned
88T5
May 23, 2009 patrickped patrickped
60T4
May 21, 2009 Veterini Veterini
70T4
May 07, 2009 Johnny_Case Johnny Case
70T9
Apr 29, 2009 Ariana23 Ariana23
65T3
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
71T8
Apr 10, 2009 hereslucas lucbapt
99T10
Mar 11, 2009 nandorizzi nandorizzi
40T3
Still, not impressed.
Jan 07, 2009 undinum undinum
100T10
Nov 15, 2008 drillakiller
90T10
Nov 09, 2008 coltrane
5T7
Oct 27, 2008 flowing flowing
63T7
Aug 31, 2008 Strive Strive
80T9
Aug 16, 2008 monclivie monclivie
65T3
Aug 03, 2008 jtb jtb
80T9
Jul 02, 2008 purity
3T9
Jul 02, 2008 Mingus
2T6
May 22, 2008 boxgod boxgod
80T9
May 02, 2008 Mango
2T1
Apr 07, 2008 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
4T5
Apr 04, 2008 bmmello
80T7
Mar 30, 2008 penguinbob31
65T2
Mar 25, 2008 postmodifier postmodifier
80T7
Feb 29, 2008 RNG
94T10
Dec 01, 2007 welike
20T5
Oct 19, 2007 Moribunny Moribunny
45T4
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
90T9
Aug 13, 2007 yilb yilb
60T6
Stunning, beautiful, had to turn it off partway through. A bit too human to watch dispassionately.
Aug 13, 2007 opalfilms
94T10
Aug 13, 2007 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
90T10
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.
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