Timec's Favorite Shorts

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1.
Pas de deux (1968 Short Film)
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Two ballet dancers perform a dance enhanced with surreal multi and after-image effect visuals. (13 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
2.
Daybreak Express (1953 Documentary)
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Commuting through the hectic New York City. (5 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
The Private Life of a Cat (1944 Documentary)
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Two cats have a litter of 5 kittens and then nurse, teach and play with them. (22 mins.)
 
5.
Neighbours (1952 Short Film)
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A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower. (8 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
6.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
7.
Antoine and Colette (1962 Short Film)
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This short film is the first segment of five in the multinational feature Love at Twenty, all five segments on the theme of first adult love... (32 mins.)
 
8.
Zero for Conduct (1933 Short Film)
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day. (44 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
9.
Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958 Short Film)
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Two men come up from the beach carrying a large wardrobe between them. They come up into the town but... (15 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
10.
The Little Match Girl (1928 Short Film)
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An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame. (40 mins.)
 
11.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
12.
Blinkity Blank (1955 Short Film)
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The surreal story of a bird and its cage with both their conflict and union. (5 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
13.
One Week (1920 Short Film)
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A newly wedded couple attempt to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering. (25 mins.)
 
14.
At Land (1944 Short Film)
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Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back. (15 mins.)
Director: Maya Deren
 
15.
The Lamp (1959 Short Film)
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In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts... (8 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Entr'acte (1924 Short Film)
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An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear. (22 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
18.
Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894 Short Film)
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The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
 
19.
Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901 Documentary)
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A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
20.
Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River (1903 Documentary)
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This short film shows a panoramic view of Manhattan Island, as it appeared in 1903. The island is viewed from the North River (Hudson River)... (3 mins.)
Director: J.B. Smith
 
21.
Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913 Short Film)
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A man must marry by noon or lose his inheritance. It's 11:50 a.m. and he can't find his fiancée. (14 mins.)
 
22.
Fireworks (1947 Short Film)
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Depicts a dream sequence about the brutal rape and torture of Anger himself (as a teenager) by a group of sailors on the street (after trying to pick one of them up). (20 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
23.
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
 
24.
Lichtspiel Opus 1. (1921 Short Film)
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Against a dark background, several bright, curved or rounded shapes pulse towards the center of the screen... (13 mins.)
 
25.
Canon (1964 Short Film)
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Perhaps the only film whose content is totally based on the musical form known as canon. The first sequence... (10 mins.)
 
26.
Maxwell's Demon (1968 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Hollis Frampton
 
27.
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969 Short Film)
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Bambi is contentedly nibbling the grass, seemingly unaware of his impending encounter with Godzilla. What will happen when the two finally meet? (2 mins.)
 
28.
Surface Tension (1968 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Hollis Frampton
 
29.
Lemon (1969 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
Director: Hollis Frampton
 
30.
Two Solutions for One Problem (1975 Short Film)
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When one boy tears another boy's book, it is up to the two of them to decide how to handle it. (5 mins.)
 
31.
Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse (1991 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
32.
Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
33.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker