Friday, May 29, 2009

Window Water Baby Moving

Glenn Kenny's talk of possibly viewing Stan Brakhage's autopsy movie reminded me that I've never viewed his Window Water Baby Moving.

This film is a powerful touchstone for many of the parents who gave birth at home in the 1960's. Whether or not it's singularly responsible for allowing fathers into hospital birthing rooms is probably debatable but it definitely didn't hurt the cause.

Jim grudgingly acquiesced to my requests that he view an array of birthing films the first time around. If his memory is to be believed one such video involved a legion of Soviet era water babies, some born into the Black Sea, who executed perfect push ups shortly after birth.

On the precipice of a third pregnancy, he's earned his natural birthing dad stripes.

I'll be watching this one alone.

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