EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA: 1920-1950 (DVD PIRATE)'S

Avant Garde Short Films
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1.
Return to Reason (1923 Short Film)
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Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate... (3 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
2.
Emak-Bakia (1927 Short Film)
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A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard... (18 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
3.
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
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
4.
The Mysteries of the Chateau de De (1929 Documentary)
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Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice. A castle is perched on a hilltop. Below it, a posh, modern villa... (27 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
5.
The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928 Short Film)
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This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only... (11 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
6.
Ménilmontant (1926 Short Film)
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways. (38 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
7.
Brumes d'automne (1929 Short Film)
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A woman--a pained expression on her face--burns letters in a stove. (15 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
8.
Lot in Sodom (1933 Short Film)
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Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies... (28 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
9.
Rhythmus 25 (1925 Short Film)
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Director: Hans Richter
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
10.
Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928 Short Film)
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Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine. (6 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
11.
Anemic Cinema (1926 Short Film)
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A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design... (7 mins.)
Director: Marcel Duchamp
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
12.
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
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
13.
Symphonie diaganale (1924 Short Film)
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A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition... (7 mins.)
Director: Viking Eggeling
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
14.
Le vampire (1945 Documentary)
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A short look at the vampire bat sucking blood from a guinea pig. (9 mins.)
Director: Jean Painlevé
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
15.
The Hearts of Age (1934 Short Film)
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A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope... (8 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
16.
Überfall (1927)
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Director: Adolf Trotz
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
17.
The Three-Sided Mirror (1927)
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Psychological narrative avantgarde film about a wealthy young businessman who consecutively falls in love with a classy English woman (Pearl)... (45 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
18.
Le tempestaire (1947 Short Film)
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In a village in Brittany, a young maid and an old woman are spinning while the wind blows threateningly outdoors... (22 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
19.
Romance sentimentale (1907 Short Film)
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Director: Louis Feuillade
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
20.
Autumn Fire (1931 Short Film)
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A story told with few words. We see a solitary man and a solitary woman, each alone with their thoughts... (15 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
21.
Manhatta (1921 Documentary)
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This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors. (11 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
22.
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
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
23.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
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Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
24.
H2O (1929 Short Film)
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A study on water, the reflections and motions of the liquid that accentuates its ethereality and metallic beauty. (13 mins.)
Director: Ralph Steiner
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
25.
Even: As You and I (1937 Short Film)
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Three fellows dream of prize money and a chance for a real Hollywood contract by winning the Liberty-Pete Smith amateur movie contest... (12 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 1 ” - Andredidymedome
 
26.
Geography of the Body (1943 Short Film)
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A quotation from Aristophanes, "The desire and pursuit of the whole is called love," precedes views of a man and a woman's bodies... (7 mins.)
Director: Willard Maas
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
27.
Mechanics of Love (1955 Short Film)
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A film poem; a zither plays. A woman lies naked in bed. A man removes his clothes, joins her, and they kiss... (7 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
28.
Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945 Short Film)
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A voice occasionally says a word or two: "on the sidewalk" or "lithium" or a woman's name. A hand-held camera frames parts of sculptures... (4 mins.)
Director: Marie Menken
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
29.
The Potted Psalm (1946 Short Film)
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A soundless mix of story fragments and images. Initially, images of death, a man with a guitar, a soirée... (24 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
30.
The Cage (1947 Short Film)
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A soundless film starts in a studio: an artist sits, a nude stands; a page burns, paper cutouts appear... (28 mins.)
Director: Sidney Peterson
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
31.
House of Cards (1947 Short Film)
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In this film without sound, a man awakes disheveled in a rooming house. He stares out the window seeing... (16 mins.)
Director: Joseph Vogel
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
32.
Christmas U.S.A. (1949 Short Film)
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Things spin: amusement park rides, a phonograph record. A man wakes, shaves, and takes a phone call... (13 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
33.
Adventures of Jimmy (1950 Short Film)
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Off-camera, Jimmy narrates the story of his search for his destiny. We see him living alone in a cabin in the woods; he has pictures of his parents... (12 mins.)
Director: James Broughton
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
34.
Interim (1952 Short Film)
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A young man strolls through a city. He walks under a bridge toward a rail yard. A young woman sees him and walks beside him... (26 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
35.
Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection (1953 Short Film)
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An anatomy of violence. Four young men and two young women are on a drive. There's a rivalry between two guys for one of the girls... (30 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
36.
The Way to Shadow Garden (1954 Short Film)
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This way madness - or experimental filmmaking - lies. A solitary man in coat and tie enters an apartment that may be a converted garage... (10 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
37.
The Extraordinary Child (1954 Short Film)
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A couple marries. Nine months later, a doctor comes to their flat; on the front door is an ornate poster saying... (12 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
38.
Rebus Film Nr. 1 (1925 Short Film)
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An "extra" shown in two parts at the movie theater, before and after a feature: part one gives the clues to six words in a crossword puzzle... (15 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
39.
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.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
40.
Pacific 231 (1949 Short Film)
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An engine moves from the roundhouse to a track where it couples with several passenger cars. At 2:10 in the afternoon... (9 mins.)
Director: Jean Mitry
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
41.
Backward Season (1950 Short Film)
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A married couple lives in a remote cabin deep in the forest. He is a woodcutter. She remains alone all day long performing the daily chores... (16 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
42.
Venom and Eternity (1951)
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In this experimental film, Isidore Isou, the leader of the lettrist movement, lashes out at conventional... (120 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 2 ” - Andredidymedome
 
43.
Danse macabre (1922 Short Film)
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In Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre visual symphony, the desperate young lovers, Youth and Love try to evade Death's cold grip, as the terrible Black Plague devastates Spain. (8 mins.)
Director: Dudley Murphy
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
44.
Nothing But Time (1926 Documentary)
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The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was). (45 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
45.
The Tell-Tale Heart (1953 Short Film)
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A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward. (8 mins.)
Director: Ted Parmelee
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
46.
Tarantella (1940 Short Film)
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Abstract animation illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition. Two dots - one blue and one orange - appear most often... (4 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
47.
The Uncomfortable Man (1948 Short Film)
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(23 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
48.
The Petrified Dog (1948 Short Film)
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A number of scenes are cut and assembled together to explore the meaning and interpretation of art. (18 mins.)
Director: Sidney Peterson
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
49.
The Lead Shoes (1949 Short Film)
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A short experimental film by Sidney Peterson using double overlapping lenses to tell the story of a woman and a deep sea diver. (18 mins.)
Director: Sidney Peterson
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
50.
Four in the Afternoon (1951 Short Film)
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Poems narrate four afternoon vignettes; each protagonist is older than the one in the previous sketch... (15 mins.)
Director: James Broughton
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
51.
The Plague Summer (1953 Short Film)
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(17 mins.)
Director: Chester Kessler
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
52.
Une chasse à courre (1951 Short Film)
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(13 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
53.
Image in the Snow (1952 Short Film)
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(26 mins.)
Director: Willard Maas
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
54.
Celery Stalks at Midnight (1951 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
55.
The Voices (1953 Short Film)
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(14 mins.)
Director: John Schmitz
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
56.
Closed Vision (1954)
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(62 mins.)
Director: Marc, o
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
57.
Tomatos Another Day (1930 Short Film)
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The images on the screen tell it all. In a drawing room, the clock shows two on an afternoon. Adulterous... (7 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
58.
Episodes in the Life of a Gin Bottle (1925 Short Film)
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A gin bottle is personified with a spirit. As the gin bottle changes hands the spirit of the bottle tempts the various possessors to take a drink. A pro-prohibition movie, the story exemplifies the tragedies of drinking. (11 mins.)
Director: Bela von Block
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
59.
Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1940 Short Film)
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A film made without a camera by painting directly onto the celluloid. (4 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome
 
60.
Falling Pink (1959 Short Film)
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(9 mins.)
“ AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA VOL. 3 ” - Andredidymedome