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‘The sun is God’ – the last words of the painter JMW Turner, allegedly at any rate according to Mike Leigh’s magnificent new Mr Turner. Not a pagan sentiment but a spiritual one that links him to the great film-maker of light, Stan Brakhage. Brakhage admired Turner very greatly and saw him as a kindred spirit.

See my new (Dec. 2014) essay on Brakhage, Leigh and Turner:  http://bit.ly/brakhage_turner

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Brakhage painting film

Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth exhibited 1842 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Turner’s ‘Snow Storm’ (ca 1844)

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Brakhage’s painted strips

Late Turner poster (212x300) 

poster for ‘Late Turner’ at Tate Britain