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1. Begotten (1990)

Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: Brian Salzberg, Donna Dempsey, Stephen Charles Barry, James Gandia

Votes: 8,040

2. Doodlebug (1997)

3 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

7.1
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In his squalid apartment, a man tries to squash with his shoe an insect of some kind that is moving around the room.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Star: Jeremy Theobald

Votes: 12,984

3. The Catcher in the Rye (2008 Video)

75 min

2.1
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75 minutes and 6 seconds of blue screen, what else must you know?

Votes: 635

4. Le gai savoir (1969)

95 min | Drama

6.4
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How do we learn? What do we know? Night after night, not long before dawn, two young adults, Patricia and Emile, meet on a sound stage to discuss learning, discourse, and the path to ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Juliet Berto, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 596

5. Gray House (2017)

75 min | Documentary

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Directors: Matthew Booth, Austin Jack Lynch | Stars: Aurore Clément, Denis Lavant, Dianna Molzan

6. 4 (2004)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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72 Metascore

Meat merchant Oleg, prostitute Marina, and piano tuner "simply Volodya" drop into an all-night bar in Moscow, where they are served by a narcoleptic bartender (three plus one is four) while... See full summary »

Director: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy | Stars: Yuriy Laguta, Marina Vovchenko, Sergey Shnurov, Andrei Kudriashov

Votes: 1,798

7. Ballet mécanique (1924)

19 min | Short

6.8
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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. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy | Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, Katherine Murphy

Votes: 2,152

8. Decasia (2002)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

7.4
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67 Metascore

A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Tsuru Aoki, Julia Calhoun, Margaret Cullington, William S. Hart

Votes: 729

9. Anemic Cinema (1926)

7 min | Short

6.1
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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, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Duchamp

Votes: 1,243

10. A Million Little Pieces (2008 Video)

70 min

1.3
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With no sound, with no dialogue, monologue or action, Nigel Tomm's film adaptation of James Frey's book "A Million Little Pieces" is the transfer of the story to the space of art. Somebody ... See full summary »

Votes: 143

11. Return to Reason (1923)

3 min | Short

6.5
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Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films.

Director: Man Ray | Star: Kiki of Montparnasse

Votes: 1,272

12. Mothlight (1963)

4 min | Short

6.3
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A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,927

13. The Brothers Karamazov (2008 Video)

73 min

1.2
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Felt to feel. Enigmatic. Twisted. Absolute morph and absolutely on the edge Nigel Tomm's film version of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel "The Brothers Karamazov" lasts 73 minutes and 5 seconds. ... See full summary »

Votes: 111

14. Hamlet (2008 Video)

63 min

1.2
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An entire 1-hour plus movie of a white screen. No story, no conflict, no setting, no character development - just a white screen. It doesn't mean nor symbolize anything, really. It's just there.

Votes: 153

15. Dog Star Man: Part I (1962)

30 min | Short

6.6
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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. He carries an ax, and he's accompanied by a dog. His ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,218

16. The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.7
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A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But he'll have to learn to bend before she'll notice him.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble | Star: Robert Morley

Votes: 1,139

17. Ples v dezju (1961)

100 min | Drama

7.4
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Peter is the dark brooding type. Leading a vacuous, shapeless life, he longs for the ideal woman, while at the same time, half heartedly continuing with his habitual girlfriend, Marusa , ... See full summary »

Director: Bostjan Hladnik | Stars: Dusa Pockaj, Miha Baloh, Rado Nakrst, Ali Raner

Votes: 264

18. Lucifer, God's Most Beautiful Angel (1991)

4 min | Short

5.9
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Lucifer, God's most beautiful angel. Lucifer was the prince of angels, the bearer of light. He placed his own beauty and perfection above his love for God. This sin of pride caused his fall... See full summary »

Director: Barry J. Hershey

Votes: 16

19. Oedipus Rex (2008 Video)

71 min

2.2
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Votes: 79

20. An Optical Poem (1938)

6 min | Animation, Short, Music

7.2
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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. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Fischinger

Votes: 380

21. Rhythmus 21 (1923)

3 min | Animation, Short

5.7
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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. Their movement also make the black and ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Richter

Votes: 976

22. Filmstudie (1926)

7 min | Short

6.5
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Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads.

Director: Hans Richter | Star: Stella F. Simon

Votes: 454

23. Waiting for Godot (2008 Video)

72 min

1.2
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Votes: 113

24. Begone Dull Care (1949)

8 min | Animation, Short, Music

7.5
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Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren

Votes: 1,162

25. Odyssey (1986)

15 min | Short

6.7
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The film is a visual poem shot in the Anza-Borrego Desert. The work portrays the odyssey of a woman/goddess/mankind from birth into innocence, through growth into pride and sin, to death, ... See full summary »

Director: Barry J. Hershey | Star: Jennifer Green

Votes: 18

26. Symphonie diaganale (1924)

7 min | Animation, Short, Music

6.2
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A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition of short straight lines and curves which sprout from the existing design. The ... See full summary »

Director: Viking Eggeling

Votes: 1,054

27. Lichtspiel Opus 1. (1921)

13 min | Animation, Short

6.3
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Against a dark background, several bright, curved or rounded shapes pulse towards the center of the screen, one at a time. They are followed by many other shapes, some irregular, some ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Ruttmann

Votes: 649

28. Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)

25 min | Short, Drama

6.8
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A creation myth realized in light, patterns, images superimposed, rapid cutting, and silence. A black screen, then streaks of light, then an explosion of color and squiggles and ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,178

29. Night Music (1986)

1 min | Short

6.1
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An experimental short film of flashing images made by Stan Brakhage.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 660

30. Dog Star Man: Part III (1964)

11 min | Short, Drama

6.6
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Sexual intimacy. Three kinds of images race past, superimposed on each other sometimes: two bodies, a man and a woman's, close up, nude - patches of skin, wisps of hair, glimpses of a face ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 936

31. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)

10 min | Animation, Short, Music

6.3
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A man plays the Bach piece of the title on the organ, accompanied by images of stone walls with cracks and holes that grow and shrink, intercut with images of doors and wire-meshed windows.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 576

32. Tarantella (1940)

4 min | Animation, Short

5.8
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Abstract animation illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition. Two dots - one blue and one orange - appear most often, sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes overlapping. ... See full summary »

Directors: Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth

Votes: 306

33. Dots (1940)

3 min | Short, Animation

6.3
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An experimental film of dots animated by being drawn directly on filmstock.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 691

34. Rainbow Dance (1936)

4 min | Short, Musical, Animation

6.6
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The film was made by colorful printing of footage combined with drawing directly on film. The bouncy music drives home the message heard at the end of the film, promoting the GPO (General ... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye | Star: Rupert Doone

Votes: 515

35. Tusalava (1929)

9 min | Short, Animation

6.6
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With the screen split asymmetrically, one part in positive, the other negative, the film documents the evolution of simple celled organic forms into chains of cells then more complex images... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 186

36. 2:36 (2013 Video)

2 min | Short

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Experimental short film made of abstract images.

Director: Jorge Simonet

37. Dog Star Man: Part II (1963)

7 min | Short, Drama

6.7
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A man, accompanied by a dog, struggles through snow on a mountain side. We see film stock blister; drawn square shapes appear. Then, we see an infant's face. The images of struggling ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage | Star: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 964

38. A Colour Box (1935)

3 min | Animation, Short

6.3
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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 602

39. Allegretto (1936)

3 min | Animation, Short

6.5
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Director: Oskar Fischinger

Votes: 334

40. Boogie-Doodle (1948)

4 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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From the opening credits: "An experimental film (...) made without camera, by drawing directly upon 35 mm film with an ordinary pen and ink." Various abstract shapes interact and transform into one another.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 446

41. Escape (1937)

4 min | Animation, Short, Music

6.9
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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 forms a background; a grid of black lines is the foreground. Behind the lines, a ... See full summary »

Directors: Mary Ellen Bute, Bill Nemeth, Ted Nemeth

Votes: 127

42. Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

11 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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A short painted film by Oskar Fishchinger which films images to the music of Johann Bach.

Director: Oskar Fischinger

Votes: 452

43. Dog Star Man: Part IV (1964)

6 min | Drama, Short

6.6
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A man is supine on a mountain side. Images rush past of nature and a stained glass saint. An infant is born. We see a lactating nipple. Images include a mountain peak, farm buildings, a ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 950

44. Black Ice (1994)

3 min | Short

6.6
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A lateral descent through the midnight blues and blacks of ice and the refracted colors from absorbed oils.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 798

45. Ere erera baleibu icik subua aruaren (1970)

75 min | Animation

7.5
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Director: José Antonio Sistiaga

Votes: 49

46. Glassy Ocean: Kujira no Chôyaku (1998)

23 min | Animation, Short, Drama

7.1
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On what apparently is a parallel world, time flows in a much slower pace than normal. The ocean remains on a solid state of matter as the eccentric individuals who inhabit this land casually wander over it.

Director: Shigeru Tamura | Stars: Hiroyuki Aoki, Eric Jacobsen, Noboru Mitani, Ichirô Nagai

Votes: 85

47. Fiddle-de-dee (1947)

3 min | Animation, Musical, Short

6.4
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A film made without a camera, made by painting directly on the film.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 172

48. Ein Lichtspiel schwarz weiss grau (1930)

6 min | Short

6.6
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Director: László Moholy-Nagy

Votes: 111

49. Lapis (1966)

10 min | Animation, Short

6.7
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Mathematically precise early computer-aided animated piece based around the meditative-like inward and outward flow of images of the mandala.

Director: James Whitney

Votes: 300

50. Opus II (1921)

4 min | Animation, Short

6.1
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Director: Walter Ruttmann

Votes: 246