Eschewing bucolic, idealised footage of childhood, Brakhage seeks to capture their feelings of fear and unease, contrasted with those of overwhelming joy, and how the children sometimes feel "as if in a haze." Through superimposition, the extremely tender register of his children is edited together with his own childhood memories. As a result, the film also reveals the synchronicities between the sensory perceptions of the child, prior to language, and the creative life of an artist seeking to avoid "restrictions on the free flow of memory".
Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No.1, Stan Brakhage, 1967, 16 mm, 25 min.
Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No.2, Stan Brakhage, 1969, 16 mm, 40 min.
Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No.3, Stan Brakhage, 1969, 16 mm, 28 min.
Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No.4, Stan Brakhage, 1970, 16 mm, 46 min.
Screened in 16 mm. Copies courtesy of Canyon Cinema.