Favourite Non-Comedy Short Films

My favourite short films in vague order. Doesn't include comedy shorts like cartoons or Keaton/Chaplin films; that's for another list (otherwise this list would be huge and impossible to vaguely order).
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1.
The House Is Black (1963 Documentary)
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude. (20 mins.)
 
2.
Dimensions of Dialogue (1983 Short Film)
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A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. 'Factual Discussion' depicts three heads (made up of fruit... (12 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
3.
Eaux d'artifice (1953 Short Film)
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A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as... (12 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
4.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images. (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
5.
Tale of Tales (1979 Short Film)
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Distant, well-worn memories of childhood are inhabited by a little gray wolf. Through astonishing imagery, the memory of all of Russia is depicted. (29 mins.)
Director: Yu. Norshteyn
 
7.
Isle of Flowers (1989 Documentary)
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The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian... (13 mins.)
Director: Jorge Furtado
 
8.
Ballet mécanique (1924 Short Film)
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A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles... (19 mins.)
Director: Fernand Léger
 
9.
The Vanished World of Gloves (1982 Short Film)
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Using an array of gloves in different styles and from different historical periods, the film is a short history of the cinema... (16 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
 
10.
The House of Small Cubes (2008 Short Film)
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To save his house from rising flood waters, an old man uses bricks to build it higher, then he relives events from his past while searching for his dropped pipe. (12 mins.)
Director: Kunio Kato
 
11.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 Short Film)
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A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher... (13 mins.)
 
12.
Hedgehog in the Fog (1975 Short Film)
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A little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in thick fog, where horses, dogs... (11 mins.)
Director: Yu. Norshteyn
 
13.
Food (1993 Short Film)
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BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser... (17 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
14.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943 Short Film)
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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen. (14 mins.)
 
15.
Darkness Light Darkness (1989 Short Film)
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A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually... (6 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
16.
Street of Crocodiles (1986 Short Film)
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A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released... (20 mins.)
 
17.
The Last Theft (1987 Short Film)
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A sarcastic story about a thief who becomes the victim of his own victims. His victims come from the... (21 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
 
18.
The Heart of the World (2000 Short Film)
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Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor playing Christ in a play, are brothers in love with the same woman... (6 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
19.
Outer Space (1999 Short Film)
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Footage from The Entity (1980) is edited into an abstract nightmare. (10 mins.)
 
20.
The Starfish (1928 Short Film)
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Two people stand on a road, out of focus. Seen distorted through a glass, they retire upstairs to a bedroom where she undresses... (21 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
21.
The Comb (1991 Short Film)
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A porcelain doll and a sleeping woman. How will they interact through her dreams? (18 mins.)
 
22.
Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969 Short Film)
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Experimental short, featuring strobe-like erotic imagery with several shots of the Rolling Stones in performance and an original synthesizer score by Mick Jagger. (12 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
23.
The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928 Short Film)
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Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism. (28 mins.)
Director: Germaine Dulac
 
24.
Ruka (1965 Short Film)
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A happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses... (18 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
25.
Tango (1981 Short Film)
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Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals. (8 mins.)
 
26.
The Club of the Laid Off (1989 Short Film)
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Laid-off old mannequins spend their cracked and broken lives in an old, abandoned warehouse. New mannequins are brought to the warehouse... (25 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
 
27.
Destino (2003 Short Film)
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To a song of love lost and rediscovered, a woman sees and undergoes surreal transformations. Her lover's face melts off... (7 mins.)
 
28.
The Man Who Planted Trees (1987 Short Film)
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The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley. (30 mins.)
Director: Frédéric Back
 
29.
Dog Star Man: Part I (1962 Short Film)
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From a murky landscape, a wooded mountain emerges. We watch the sun. We see a bearded man climbing up the mountain through the snow... (30 mins.)
Director: Brakhage
“ Includes all the Dog Star Man films ” - tartanllama
 
30.
The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912 Short Film)
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A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema... (12 mins.)
 
31.
Visual Training (1969 Short Film)
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An experimental short film in which a man and a woman smear various foods on a third person. (8 mins.)
Director: Frans Zwartjes
 
32.
Scorpio Rising (1963 Short Film)
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic... (28 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
33.
Konflikt (1983 Short Film)
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Film characters are ordinary matches. Quarrel that flared up over a trifle turns into a real battle, in which both hostile parties perished. (7 mins.)
Director: G. Bardin
 
34.
T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1969 Short Film)
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A subversive experimental short film in which the word "Destroy" is uttered constantly while images on an individual are show with changes colors and the letters T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G displayed. (12 mins.)
Director: Paul Sharits
 
35.
Meat Love (1989 Short Film)
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Two pieces of meat fall in love. (1 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
36.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
37.
The Fly (1980 Short Film)
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A fine day in the life of a fly presented completely from the fly's point of view. A fine day until something dreary happens, that is. (3 mins.)
Director: Ferenc Rófusz
 
38.
Le château de sable (1977 Short Film)
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On a sandy desert, a man made of sand constructs other sand creatures to help make a beautiful sand castle for themselves. (13 mins.)
Director: Co Hoedeman
 
39.
Moods of the Sea (1942 Short Film)
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A recently unearthed experimental documentary of the crashing sea set to Mendelssohn's "Fingal's Cave."... (10 mins.)