The Act of Seeing with Ones Own Eyes vs the Bridge
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The Act of Seeing with Ones Own Eyes vs the BridgeUncanny Cinema
The Act of Seeing with Ones Own Eyes vs. The Bridge
The Act of Seeing with Ones Own Eyes is a 1971 experimental film by Stan
Brakhage. In this film, Brakhage is putting the autopsy on display. However, during the beginning of the film the camera focuses on close ups of the body making it look like a medical examination at first as opposed to an autopsy. The body almost seems to come to life for one last time, as it becomes the focus of attention while undergoing autopsy procedures. This whole idea is mysterious or uncanny by the way in which the cinema presents this morbid relationship between the cinema and the viewer.
The 2006 documentary, The Bridge by Eric Steel is one that explores the fascination of why people choose the Golden State Bridge as a location for suicide more than any place in the world. Through countless hours of filming the bridge 24 hours a day, for a year with several cameras in place, he was able to capture the moments and movements of individuals before they jumped to their fate. I would consider this film to demonstrate the uncanny because not only does it present a disturbing image to the audience being that the film is about suicide, but it also presents a very strange relationship between the filmmaker and the events that are taking place. Although this film ‘documents’ the events that take place at this bridge, the filmmakers or camera people, the actual camera and the audience become witnesses to these deaths. But there is a fine line of which a question of morals is presented of when does the filmmaker become a passive enabler of these events or how does one come from the other side of the camera to prevent this.
One of the common points of these films is that they both display death. But although these people are dead in reality they come back to life in the cinema whether it be tight close ups of the corpse’s hand or the final pacing of a person on the bridge before they mount the rail and...