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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
The Old Man and the Sea (1999 Short Film)
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An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. (20 mins.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
Balance (1989 Short Film)
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A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk. (7 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
Daybreak Express (1957 Documentary)
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Commuting through the hectic New York City. (5 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
8.
Father and Daughter (2000 Short Film)
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A father says goodbye to his young daughter. Time passes and the daughter moves through life age by age, but within her there is always a deep longing for her father. (8 mins.)
 
9.
Time Piece (1965 Short Film)
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A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness. (9 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
 
10.
Powers of Ten (1977 Documentary)
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A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with... (9 mins.)
 
11.
N.Y., N.Y. (1957 Short Film)
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A day in the life of the city and citizens of New York as seen through the fantastic eye, and the incredibly distorted optic lenses, of filmmaker Francis Thompson. (15 mins.)
 
12.
Ten Minutes Older (1978 Documentary)
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A 10 minute long journey of emotions that befall children faces. Fear, Curiosity; a Smile. They all sit in a dark theater. What they see, we don't; we can only guess from their faces. (10 mins.)
Director: Herz Frank
 
13.
The Phone Box (1972 Short Film)
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A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him. (35 mins.)
Director: Antonio Mercero
 
14.
Four Seasons (1975 Documentary)
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The last collaboration of Artavazd Peleshian and cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov is a film-essay about Armenia's shepherds, about the contradiction and the harmony between man and nature, scored to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. (29 mins.)
 
15.
Talking Heads (1980 Documentary)
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People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life. (16 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
18.
Special Delivery (1978 Short Film)
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A hapless husband neglects to clear the icy walk, which leads to the mailman slipping and breaking his neck. A comedy of errors results from his attempts to hide the body. (7 mins.)
 
19.
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962 Short Film)
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In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home. (28 mins.)
Director: Robert Enrico
 
20.
Crac (1980 Short Film)
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The industrialization of Montreal, as seen from the point of view of a rocking-chair. (15 mins.)
Director: Frédéric Back
 
21.
We (1969 Documentary)
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Monumental picture exploring the identity and fate of the Armenian nation. (27 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Baltie zvani (1961 Short Film)
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(24 mins.)
Director: Ivars Kraulitis
 
24.
Melody of the World (1929 Documentary)
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An impression of the state of the world in 1929, contrasting similarities and differences in religion, customs, art and entertainment from all over the world. The film is constructed like a symphony. (40 mins.)
Director: Walter Ruttmann
 
25.
The Vampires of Poverty (1977 Short Film)
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Fictional film that simulates being a documentary about filmmakers who exploit the misery mercantilist purposes... (28 mins.)
 
26.
A Chairy Tale (1957 Short Film)
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An ordinary looking chair refuses to be sat upon. (12 mins.)
 
27.
Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse (1925 Short Film)
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A black and white short film which documents a trip through Paris by train. (8 mins.)
Director: Henri Chomette
 
28.
Fountain of Dreams (1984 Short Film)
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(12 mins.)
Director: Jordan Belson
 
29.
Light (1974 Short Film)
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(8 mins.)
Director: Jordan Belson
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
Samadhi (1967 Short Film)
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An experimental short film by Jordan Belson which combines various colors and shapes. (6 mins.)
Director: Jordan Belson
 
32.
The Wanderer (1988 Short Film)
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A stranger comes to a peaceful village bearing gifts that bear a terrible price. (11 mins.)
Director: George Ungar
 
33.
Byt (1968 Short Film)
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A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature. (13 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
34.
Joseph Kilian (1963 Short Film)
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A man borrows a cat and when he goes back to return it, the place where he got it is no longer there. He begins his search. (38 mins.)
 
35.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
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Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
 
36.
Valparaiso (1964 Documentary)
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A travelogue of Valparaiso, Chile, a city built on steep hills. Life is a constant struggle against geography... (34 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
37.
Crossroads (1976 Short Film)
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The 1945 atomic-bomb explosion at Bikini Atoll becomes a thing of terrible beauty and haunting visual poetry when shown in extreme slow motion... (36 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
38.
Terminus (1961 Documentary)
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The movie follows the routine of an agitated train station - the Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of the 1960's England, mixing reality and fiction. (33 mins.)
 
39.
Philips-Radio (1931 Documentary)
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An industrial film which shows the operations inside the Philips Radio plant: In a mêlée of activity... (36 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
40.
Glas (1958 Documentary)
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Documentary about Dutch glass production in the 50s. (11 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
41.
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
 
42.
Zoo (1961 Documentary)
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Who is watching who in the zoo? (10 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
43.
Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898 Short Film)
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One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place... (1 mins.)
 
44.
Je vous salue, Sarajevo (2006 Video)
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Godard looks into the Bosnia conflict in the early 1990's. (2 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
45.
For the Birds (2000 Short Film)
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A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just desserts when a goofy bird drops in. (3 mins.)
Director: Ralph Eggleston
 
46.
American March (1941 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
 
47.
God is Dog Spelled Backwards (1967 Short Film)
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A short film in which 3,000 years of art are shown in 3 minutes while the score Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is played. (3 mins.)
Director: Dan McLaughlin
 
48.
Allegretto (1936 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
 
49.
Kreise (1933 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
 
50.
Carmen torero (1996 Short Film)
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A stop-motion colored-salt animated film that illustrates the 'Toreador Song', one of the musical pieces, Act 2, of Bizet's opera Carmen. (3 mins.)
 
51.
Study No. 9 (1931 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
 
52.
Study No. 7 (1931 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
 
53.
A Colour Box (1935 Short Film)
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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film. (3 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
 
54.
The Black Hole (2008 Short Film)
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A sleep-deprived office worker photocopies a "Black Hole" late one night. Suddenly, the possibilities seem endless. Will greed get the better of him? (3 mins.)
Director: Phil, Olly
 
55.
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
 
56.
London to Brighton in Four Minutes (1952 Documentary)
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A short film which documents the 4 minute train ride from London to Brighton. (4 mins.)
 
57.
Studies in Movement (1928 Documentary)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
58.
Pixillation (1970 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
 
59.
Carmen Habanera (1995 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
 
60.
Escape (1937 Short Film)
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To the toccata portion of Bach's "Toccata and fugue in D minor," we watch a play of sorts. Blue smoke... (4 mins.)
 
61.
78 Tours (1985 Short Film)
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A waltz played with an accordion starts a short story about the running time. (4 mins.)
 
62.
Jeu (2006 Short Film)
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Against the background of Sergei Prokofiev's "Scherzo" from 'Piano Concerto, No. 2, Op.16', various visual... (4 mins.)
 
63.
Komposition in Blau (1935 Short Film)
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This is an abstract film in which every motion is in strict synchronization with music, so the description... (4 mins.)
 
64.
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
 
65.
Colour Flight (1937 Short Film)
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Using the Gasparcolor film system, abstract shapes and patterns are painted directly on the film strip itself to create an animation set to upbeat music. (4 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
 
66.
The Critic (1963 Short Film)
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Mel Brooks is an old man watching abstract animations. He doesn't understand them, so he heckles with strange commentary... (4 mins.)
Director: Ernest Pintoff
Stars: Mel Brooks
 
67.
Cosmic Ray (1962 Short Film)
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Experimental short uses Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" as accompaniment to constantly shifting collage of female nude, cartoons, and newsreels of atomic bomb explosions. (4 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
68.
Devo: Mongoloid (1978 Video)
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A documentary film exploring the manner in which a determined young man overcame a basic mental defect and became a useful member of society... (4 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
69.
One Man Band (2005 Short Film)
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Two buskers engage in a petty feud over a child's donation. (4 mins.)
 
70.
I'll Wait for the Next One... (2002 Short Film)
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Man falls in love while in a subway station. (4 mins.)
 
71.
The Wall (1965 Short Film)
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A gentleman sits near a fortified wall and watches another man's attempts to climb over it. (4 mins.)
Director: Ante Zaninovic
 
72.
Carmen Suite (1994 Short Film)
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(5 mins.)
 
73.
Cinq minutes de cinéma pur (1926 Short Film)
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An experimental avant-garde film from director Henri Chomette in which the pure elements of form are emphasized. (5 mins.)
Director: Henri Chomette
 
74.
Genre (1996 Short Film)
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A hapless cartoon character is dragged through a spectrum of cinematic situations by his frustrated animator. (5 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
75.
Trade Tattoo (1937 Short Film)
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Abstract animation drawn directly on Technicolor film, some with underlying real life footage of unrelated subjects. Various colorful shapes and patterns move and interact, set to upbeat music. (5 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
 
76.
Creature Comforts (1989 Short Film)
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A humourous and thought provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings. (5 mins.)
Director: Nick Park
 
77.
Valse Triste (1977 Short Film)
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1950s found footage -- trains, everyday suburban life, industrial scenes, time-lapse photography of flowers -- cut to Valse triste by Jean Sibelius. (5 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
78.
Arabesque for Kenneth Anger (1961 Short Film)
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A short by Marie Menken who pays homage to the work of Kenneth Anger is this colorful film. (5 mins.)
Director: Marie Menken
 
79.
Nuit blanche (2009 Short Film)
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Explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy. (5 mins.)
Director: Arev Manoukian
 
80.
El héroe (1994 Short Film)
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In a subway station, a man watch a girl acting strange. He realizes that she may be attempting to commit suicide and tries to stop her... (5 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
81.
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
 
82.
Tramway (1966 Short Film)
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A boy shyly watches a girl on a tram. Only when he exits the tram, and its too late, does he realize that he must meet her. (5 mins.)
Director: K. Kieslowski
 
83.
Fotel (1964 Short Film)
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A short animated film about fighting over seating in an auditorium. (5 mins.)
 
84.
Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937 Short Film)
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Film of the famous airship explosion. (5 mins.)
 
85.
Cigarette Blues (1985 Documentary)
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Bluesman Sonny Rhodes simultaneously addresses death, cigarette smoking, and the nature of the blues. (6 mins.)
 
86.
Lights (1966 Documentary)
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A short film which uses light to convey emotion and beauty. (6 mins.)
Director: Marie Menken
 
87.
Liquid Crystals (1978 Short Film)
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A microscopic view of liquid crystals morphing into various shapes. (6 mins.)
Director: Jean Painlevé
 
88.
The Monk and the Fish (1994 Short Film)
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A plump and exuberant monk goes fishing, and a playful fish eludes him. First the monk uses a rod and reel... (6 mins.)
 
89.
The Bead Game (1977 Short Film)
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To a percussive soundtrack, a succession of more complex animals forms and is consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, We reach man, who develops ever more sophisticated forms of war. (6 mins.)
Director: Ishu Patel
 
90.
Wachsexperimente (1927 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
 
91.
Spirals (1926 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
 
92.
Milk of Amnesia (1992 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
 
93.
Mind the Steps! (1989 Short Film)
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A typical apartment building in Budapest and their residents from the aspect of a young boy playing... (6 mins.)
Director: István Orosz
 
94.
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
 
95.
Life in a Tin (1967 Short Film)
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From being born until his death, a man spends most of his time "imprisoned" in boxes. (6 mins.)
Director: Bruno Bozzetto
 
96.
An Optical Poem (1938 Short Film)
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A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form... (6 mins.)
 
97.
Ko-Ko's Earth Control (1928 Short Film)
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Koko the Clown and his dog Fitz walk into a building where levers that control various aspects of the Earth are located. After Fitz presses a particular lever, the world goes topsy-turvy and out-of-control. (6 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
98.
Fallen Art (2004 Short Film)
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A volunteer soldier plummets to his death. A photograph is taken and sent by courier to a huge man, who adds it to his macabre collection. (6 mins.)
Director: Tomasz Baginski
 
99.
Broken Down Film (1985 Short Film)
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A cowboy seeks to rescue, then woo, a damsel in distress. But he is constantly thwarted by the scratches, breaks, and other imperfections present in the film print itself. (6 mins.)
Director: Osamu Tezuka
 
100.
Grim (1985 Short Film)
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A sensuous ghost haunts a flat in this unusual ode to plain, generic areas. (7 mins.)
Director: Takashi Ito