A quotation from Aristophanes, "The desire and pursuit of the whole is called love," precedes views of a man and a woman's bodies, often in extreme close up. Off-screen, a voice recites ... See full summary »
A film poem; a zither plays. A woman lies naked in bed. A man removes his clothes, joins her, and they kiss. Images fill the frame, at first still lifes of common objects: a door knob, ... See full summary »
Poems narrate four afternoon vignettes; each protagonist is older than the one in the previous sketch. As a girl skips rope in "Game Little Gladys," she sings a jingle about who she might ... See full summary »
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).
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.
"Image in the Snow" can be found in the DVD collection entitled "Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema: 1922-1954: Vol. 3"--a collection of very unusual films that probably would hold little interest to the average viewer.
The film begins in darkness as the narrator reads a poem. Then, abruptly, you see images of a man sleeping, some snow and a guy climbing down from a water tower (which is in slow-motion). Then, out of the blue, a guy in Speedos appears in front of the man who came from the tower and the camera seems to focus a lot on the Speedo-guy's crotch. He appears and disappears as if by magic and soon others appear and disappear as well--one of which dances about and another is a woman dressed like a princess. It's all filmed in New York--on top of a tenement building and in the apartment where you see the sleeping man from time to time--as well as when this man takes a trip through New York late in the film. The total package looks like a home movie by someone who has thoughts of becoming an artiste--which is pretty much what this is. If unusual art film are your bag, man, then by all means give it a look. However, to me there just wasn't enough of interest in this one to make it stand out in any positive way--as I do, occasionally, enjoy an experimental film. Also, people who are phobic of snakes should probably skip this one, as inexplicably, a snake appears rather randomly in the movie.
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