Short Film Collection

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1. 9 Variations on a Dance Theme (1966)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short

Bettie de Jong performs the same dance nine times, starting and ending in a reclined position. As the film proceeds the camera becomes more and more adventurous.

Director: Hilary Harris | Star: Bettie de Jong

Votes: 120

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

2. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967)

33 min | Short, War

An experimental film with various flashing lights, colors, and World War II footage. This is part of the Song series by Stan Brakhage.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 222

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

3. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978)

31 min | Short

An experimental film by Stan Brakhage combining light, color, and various footage.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 191

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

4. 1941 (1941)

7 min | Short

In December, 1941, using music by Stravinsky, this film provides a reaction to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. An egg is smashed by a hammer; red color with white and then blue ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Lee

Votes: 128

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

5. Abstronic (1952)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short

I wanted to manipulate light to produce visual compositions in time continuity much as a musician manipulates sound to produce music. It was particularly while I listened to music that I ... See full summary »

Directors: Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth

Votes: 55

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

6. The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,418

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

7. Anemic Cinema (1926)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short

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: 1,603

a.k.a. Anémic Cinéma Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

8. Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981)

27 min | Short

An experimental film by Stan Brakhage combining flashing lights and colors. This is part of the Arabic Numeral Series.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 162

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

9. Ballet mécanique (1924)

19 min | Short

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: 2,711

a.k.a. Ballet Mechanique Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

10. Bells of Atlantis (1952)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short

An experimental short in which underwater film and live-action above water film are combined.

Director: Ian Hugo | Star: Anaïs Nin

Votes: 195

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

11. Black Ice (1994)

3 min | Short

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

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 925

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

12. Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992)

20 min | Short

An experimental short by Stan Brakhage which overlaps various footage, focusing on rocks and ice boulders, with colors and lights.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 179

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

13. A Bronx Morning (1931)

Not Rated | 11 min | Documentary, Short

Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses.

Director: Jay Leyda

Votes: 405

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

14. Burial Path (1978)

15 min | Short

An experimental film by Stan Brakhage which captures various footage of trees, birds, and the burial of one bird.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 241

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

15. Castro Street (1966)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short

Inspired by a lesson from Erik Satie; a film in the form of a street - Castro Street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California ... switch engines on one side and refinery... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Baillie

Votes: 507

a.k.a. Castro Street (The Coming of Conciousness) Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

16. The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (1997)

18 min | Short

An experimental film by Stan Brakhage combining various footage of a cat, a caterpillar, and vegetation.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 187

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

17. Cat's Cradle (1959)

6 min | Short

Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 858

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

18. Ch'an (1983)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short

1941 was Francis Lee's first film; CH'AN his last. In between, he became an expert Sumi-e watercolorist and here he combines eloquent ink paintings with masterful animation methods. This ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Lee

Votes: 32

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

19. Chinese Series (2003)

2 min | Short, Biography

Stan Brakhage's final film, made shortly before his death by wetting a filmstrip with saliva and using his fingernail to scratch marks into the emulsion.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 406

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

20. Comingled Containers (1997)

5 min | Short

An experimental short film by Stan Brakhage focusing on flashing light and photographic images.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 715

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

21. Crack Glass Eulogy (1992)

6 min | Short

An experimental short film by Stan Brakhage which captures various flashing lights, colors, and images.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 486

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

22. The Dante Quartet (1987)

6 min | Animation, Short

Dante's Divine Comedy depicted as thousands of abstract paintings by Stan Brakhage himself.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 997

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

23. The Dark Tower (1999)

3 min | Short

An experimental short film by Stan Brakhage which displays various lights and colors.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 605

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

24. The Dead (1960)

11 min | Short

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

Director: Stan Brakhage | Star: Kenneth Anger

Votes: 391

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

25. Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse (1991)

10 min | Short

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

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 581

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

26. Desert (1976)

11 min | Short

An experimental short by Stan Brakhage which captures the desert landscape from the view of his hotel room.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 205

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

27. Desistfilm (1954)

7 min | Short, Romance

Four young men and a young woman sit in boredom. She smokes while one strums a lute, one looks at a magazine, and two fiddle with string. The door opens and in comes a young man, cigarette ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: A. Austin, Robert Benson, Yvonne Fair, Larry Jordan

Votes: 874

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

28. The Devilish Tenant (1909)

6 min | Short, Comedy

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Charles Claudel, Octavie Huvier, François Lallement, André Méliès

Votes: 1,594

a.k.a. The Diabolic Tenant Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Méliès Fairy Tales in Color]

29. DL2: Disintegration Line #2 (1970)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short

DL2 reflects the influence of the American Bauhaus movement in Chicago introduced by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy during the late 30s/early 40s. The fim was made by shocking ten-foot strips of ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Janiak

Votes: 34

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

30. Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)

25 min | Short, Drama

The prelude to Dog Star Man (1964), an experimental film wherein a man climbs a mountain along with his dog.

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

Votes: 1,312

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

31. Dog Star Man: Part I (1962)

30 min | Short

The first part of Dog Star Man (1964), an experimental film wherein a man climbs a mountain along with his dog.

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

Votes: 1,397

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

32. Dog Star Man: Part II (1963)

7 min | Short, Drama

The second part of Dog Star Man (1964), an experimental film wherein a man climbs a mountain along with his dog.

Director: Stan Brakhage | Star: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 1,077

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

33. Dog Star Man: Part III (1964)

11 min | Short, Drama

The third part of Dog Star Man (1964), an experimental film wherein a man climbs a mountain along with his dog.

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

Votes: 1,042

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

34. Dog Star Man: Part IV (1964)

6 min | Drama, Short

The fourth and final part of Dog Star Man (1964), an experimental film wherein a man climbs a mountain along with his dog.

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

Votes: 1,057

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

35. The Domain of the Moment (1977)

18 min | Short

An experimental film by Stan Brakhage which combines various footage of animals including dogs, raccoons, snakes, and mice.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 173

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

36. Duplicity III (1980)

22 min | Short

An experimental film by Stan Brakhage consisting of family footage of Halloween and school plays.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 159

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

37. Eaux d'artifice (1953)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short

A man dressed in an elegant period dress wanders through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este.

Director: Kenneth Anger | Star: Carmilla Salvatorelli

Votes: 1,486

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

38. Evolution (1954)

8 min | Short

Add a Plot

Director: James Davis

Votes: 37

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

39. Eye Myth (1967)

1 min | Short

After the title, a white screen gives way to a series of frames suggestive of abstract art, usually with one or two colors dominating and rapid change in the images. Two figures emerge from... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 923

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

40. Diaries Notes and Sketches (1969)

Not Rated | 177 min | Documentary

A chronogical about life including self, family, friend, couple and idol in 6 reels

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Timothy Leary, Ed Emshwiller, Franz Fuenstler, Jack Smith

Votes: 585

a.k.a. Excerpt from Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

41. The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter (1968)

9 min | Short

An animated experimental short film in which drawn images take on a life of their own.

Director: Owen Land

Votes: 79

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

42. First Hymn to the Night - Novalis (1994)

3 min | Short

A short experimental film which combines shapes and colors with words from the "Hymn to the Night" by Friedrich Philipp Von Hardenberg.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 285

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

43. For Marilyn (1992)

11 min | Short

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

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 457

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]

44. Four in the Afternoon (1951)

Not Rated | 15 min | Short

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 »

Director: James Broughton | Stars: Anna Halprin, Welland Lathrop

Votes: 149

Blu-Ray / DVD (Flicker Alley) [Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970]

45. The Garden of Earthly Delights (1981)

G | 3 min | Short

A collage of two-dimensional images of vegetation, each appearing only for a moment, sometimes as a single image, more often with other bits of stem, leaf, bud, or petal. Often we see only ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 738

Blu-Ray (Criterion) [By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two] [Slipbox]