Experimental/Avant Garde

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1.
Symmetricks (1972 Short Film)
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Against a black background and a pulsating beat matching white symmetrical geometric flashes around a central orb... (6 mins.)
 
2.
Science Friction (1959 Short Film)
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This film uses stop motion animation of still photographs to convey images of politics and science in the nuclear era... (10 mins.)
Director: Stan Vanderbeek
 
3.
Little Stabs at Happiness (1960 Short Film)
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A film in four parts. In "In the Room", a man and a woman in outlandish garb are sitting in a claw-foot bathtub smoking... (15 mins.)
Director: Ken Jacobs
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Rhythmus 21 (1923 Short Film)
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Black and white rectangular images fade in and out of the screen. Their movement make them sometimes look like they're panning from side to side... (3 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
7.
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... (5 mins.)
Director: Viking Eggeling
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
Notes on the Circus (1966 Documentary)
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The short film is a montage of sped up video clips of The Ringling Brothers Circus in action set to a musical track... (12 mins.)
Director: Jonas Mekas
 
10.
Cassis (1966 Documentary)
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One day of the Cassis port filmed in one shot. (4 mins.)
Director: Jonas Mekas
 
11.
Orchard Street (1955 Documentary)
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This short film documents the daily life of the goings-on on Orchard Street, a commercial street in the Lower East Side New York City... (12 mins.)
Director: Ken Jacobs
 
12.
Chelsea Girls (1966)
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Lacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen. (210 mins.)
 
13.
Bike Boy (1967)
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Joe Spencer, a member of a motorcycle gang, is taking a shower. After his bout with personal hygiene... (96 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
14.
Blow Job (1963 Short Film)
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Andy Warhol directs a single 35-minute shot of a man's face to capture his facial expressions as he receives the sexual act depicted in the title. (35 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
15.
Kiss (1963)
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Close-ups of couples kissing for three minutes each. (55 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
16.
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
 
17.
Rabbit's Moon (1950 Short Film)
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Pierrot waxes romantic, entranced by the moon. Harlequin appears and bullies him, then uses a magic lantern to project an image of Columbine... (7 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
18.
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954 Short Film)
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome... (38 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
19.
Scorpio Rising (1964 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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Lucifer Rising (1972 Short Film)
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Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age. (29 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
22.
Puce Moment (1949 Short Film)
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A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses... (6 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
23.
Kustom Kar Kommandos (1970 Short Film)
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A man in tight jeans buffs his car to the strains of "Dream Lover". (3 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
24.
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
 
25.
Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)
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After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams. (99 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
26.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
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Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher... (63 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
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
 
29.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
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A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe... (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
30.
Haiti (1938 Documentary)
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(16 mins.)
Director: Rudy Burckhardt
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
Jídlo (1993 Short Film)
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BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser... (14 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
34.
Alice (1988)
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
35.
Inland Empire (2006)
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As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal. (180 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
36.
Santa Sangre (1989)
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A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child... (123 mins.)
 
37.
Fando and Lis (1968)
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Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal. (93 mins.)
 
38.
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
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The film depicts its protagonist, Joseph (Jan Nowicki), traveling through a dream-like world, taking... (124 mins.)
Director: Wojciech J. Has
 
39.
Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006)
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Guy Maddin reluctantly returns to his childhood home, an abandoned Canadian island, where his parents ran an orphanage... (95 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
40.
Powaqqatsi (1988 Documentary)
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them. (99 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
41.
Naqoyqatsi (2002 Documentary)
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A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence. (89 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
42.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
43.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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The life story of Louisa May Alcott based on her writings as well as those of family, friends and associates. (90 mins.)
 
44.
Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)
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(66 mins.)
Director: Harry Smith
 
45.
Diary of a Pregnant Woman (1958 Short Film)
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Impressions of the rue Mouffetard, Paris 5, through the eyes of a pregnant woman. (16 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
46.
In Concert (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Joni Mitchell (1970)
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Intimate concerts for the new breed of singer-songwriter.
 
47.
Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity (1995 Short Film)
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A father and son ride the rails in their powerful locomotive. Witnessing a crash between two other engines... (5 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
48.
Careful (1992)
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In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches... (100 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
49.
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997)
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Peter Glahn is released after years of incarceration as a political prisoner and is now returning to his homeland... (91 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
50.
The Dead Father (1985 Short Film)
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The patriarch of a troubled clan dies, but the resentment and yearning of the eldest son conspire to... (26 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
51.
Hospital Fragment (2000 Short Film)
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An impressionistic series of images inspired by "Tales From the Gimli Hospital". (3 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
52.
Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988)
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While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told a tale... (72 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
53.
Knout (2000 Short Film)
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With the use of expressionist cutting and lyrical movement, KNOUT concentrates on a young woman who sets down to the task of tying rope... (10 mins.)
Director: deco dawson
 
54.
Number 10 (1956 Short Film)
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(5 mins.)
Director: Harry Smith
 
55.
Number 11: Mirror Animations (1956 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
Director: Harry Smith
 
56.
The Story of the Fox (1930)
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In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him... (65 mins.)
 
57.
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
 
58.
Lesson Faust (1994)
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A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments... (97 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
59.
Rakvickarna (1966 Short Film)
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Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig. (10 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
60.
Et Cetera (1966 Short Film)
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A small, animated figure learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house. (8 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
61.
Picknick mit Weismann (1968 Short Film)
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Various objects are having a sunny outing together in the nature. (11 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
62.
Zánik domu Usheru (1982 Short Film)
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In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find... (15 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Petr Cepek
 
63.
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
 
64.
Tichý týden v dome (1969 Short Film)
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A man, apparently on the run, takes shelter in a dilapidated house. Every day, he drills a hole through a wall and looks into one of the rooms... (20 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
65.
The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer: The Early Years Vol. 1 (2003 Video)
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Compilation of some of the early shorts of acclaimed Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
66.
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988 Short Film)
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Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia nervosa and the cultural influence of the Carpenters in the 70s. (43 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
67.
William S. Burroughs: The Possessed (2015 Short Film)
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Thelema Now! host Frater Puck discusses William S. Burroughs, possession, synchronicities and chaos magick
Director: Philip Weaver
 
68.
The Cut Ups (1966 Short Film)
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(19 mins.)
Director: Antony Balch
 
69.
Towers Open Fire (1963 Short Film)
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Dramatizations, cut ups, and psychological experimentation based on the works of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. (10 mins.)
Director: Antony Balch
 
70.
William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers (1991 Documentary)
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An hour-long interview with author William S. Burroughs in which he expounds on American culture, art and morals. (60 mins.)
Director: Klaus Maeck
 
71.
Crazeologie (1954 Short Film)
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(5 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle