That makes a lot of sense given the title's stress on the viewer's own eyes, on a personal act of vision. So the less Brakhage's own idiosyncractic manner of sight intrudes, formally, on the picture, the more the audience's "own eyes" can function. Hence the varied reactions.zedz wrote:All of these different reactions are fascinating, since in some respects it's one of Brakhage's most straightforward films, formally.
Although it's reputedly the most difficult to watch, it may be the easiest of Brakhage's films to discuss, because while the experience is very personal, the images are concrete and identifiable enough that you can point to this or that bit and other people will know what you're talking about. And of course because the subject matter is so provocative and extreme that discourse follows pretty easily.