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1. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short

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.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 8,534

2. Manhatta (1921)

Not Rated | 11 min | Documentary, Short

This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.

Directors: Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand

Votes: 1,093

3. The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama

This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9314 written on his forehead),... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich | Stars: Jules Raucourt, Voya George, Robert Florey, Adriane Marsh

Votes: 939

4. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

Unrated | 13 min | Short, Horror

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become ... See full summary »

Directors: James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber | Stars: Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, Melville Webber, Friedrich Haak

Votes: 1,031

5. Lot in Sodom (1933)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama

Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic ... See full summary »

Directors: James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber | Stars: Friedrich Haak, Hildegarde Watson, Dorthea House, Lewis Whitbeck

Votes: 467

6. Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

66 min | Animation

New York beat cronies slumbering through Harry Smith, Burroughs and Ginsberg, University Columbia, Colombia, or the crazy is just what we need, not to "explain" tears in the fabric but to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Smith

Votes: 468

7. Early Abstractions (1987)

23 min | Animation, Short

An anthology of Harry Smith's films 1-5, 7, and 10, unfortunately without the divisions clearly marked.

Director: Harry Smith

Votes: 201

8. Tarantella (1940)

Not Rated | 4 min | Animation, Short

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: 347

9. Rose Hobart (1936)

Unrated | 19 min | Short

Footage selected from 'East of Borneo' and other films is arranged and edited so as to highlight actress Rose Hobart.

Director: Joseph Cornell | Stars: Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart, Noble Johnson, Georges Renavent

Votes: 756

10. Moods of the Sea (1942)

Unrated | 10 min | Short, Musical

A recently unearthed experimental documentary of the crashing sea set to Mendelssohn's "Fingal's Cave." An example of the filmmakers' "new cinema" theory which held that film should be more... See full summary »

Directors: John Hoffman, Slavko Vorkapich

Votes: 213

11. Rythmetic (1956)

9 min | Animation, Short

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Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren

Votes: 168

12. At Land (1946)

15 min | Short

Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

Director: Maya Deren | Stars: John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman

Votes: 2,170

13. Fireworks (1947)

20 min | Short, Drama, Horror

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).

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Bill Seltzer

Votes: 1,859

14. 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: 757

15. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)

38 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Samson De Brier, Marjorie Cameron, Joan Whitney, Katy Kadell

Votes: 1,446

16. Bridges-Go-Round (1958)

4 min | Short

Essential, integral experimental work from the late 1950s is an incredible dance of montage and super-imposition starring none other than New York City's various bridges, transforming them ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke

Votes: 232

17. The Brig (1964)

Not Rated | 68 min | Drama

A ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Warren Finnerty, Jim Anderson, Henry Howard, Tom Lillard

Votes: 170

18. Geography of the Body (1943)

7 min | Short

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 »

Director: Willard Maas | Stars: George Barker, Willard Maas, Marie Menken

Votes: 195

19. Mechanics of Love (1955)

7 min | Short

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 »

Directors: Willard Maas, Ben Moore | Stars: Michael Crane, Nina Glenn

Votes: 114

20. Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945)

4 min | Short, Mystery

A voice occasionally says a word or two: "on the sidewalk" or "lithium" or a woman's name. A hand-held camera frames parts of sculptures, or moves across their surfaces, sometimes slowly, ... See full summary »

Director: Marie Menken

Votes: 104

21. Fragment of Seeking (1946)

16 min | Short, Drama

A man seeks to find himself by exploring his sexuality.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Star: Curtis Harrington

Votes: 85

22. The Cage (1947)

28 min | Short

A soundless film starts in a studio: an artist sits, a nude stands; a page burns, paper cutouts appear, images are distorted. The artist removes his eye; it falls from his hand, seeing ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Peterson

Votes: 87

23. On the Bowery (1956)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Drama

At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Rogosin | Stars: Ray Salyer, Gorman Hendricks, Frank Matthews, George L. Bolton

Votes: 679 | Gross: $0.01M

24. A Movie (1958)

12 min | Short

Clips of atomic explosions, pornography, and B-movies are spliced together to evoke certain emotions.

Director: Bruce Conner | Star: Theodore Roosevelt

Votes: 1,093

25. Flaming Creatures (1963)

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

With full disturbing and weirdo graphic plus sexual scenes, Flaming Creatures is one of most daring and controversial film of all time, According to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is a comedy in a haunted music studio.

Director: Jack Smith | Stars: Francis Francine, Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Mario Montez

Votes: 1,023

26. Wavelength (1967)

45 min | Drama

One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Hollis Frampton, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd

Votes: 1,846

27. The Flicker (1965)

30 min | Short

This film consists of alternating black and white frames.

Director: Tony Conrad

Votes: 186

28. Zorns Lemma (1970)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A rhythmically edited alphabet composed of street and shop signs shot in New York City and other elements is gradually replaced by repeated seemingly abstract shots in this influential structuralist film.

Director: Hollis Frampton | Stars: Rosemarie Castoro, Ginger Michels, Marcia Steinbrecher, Twyla Tharp

Votes: 550

29. Little Stabs at Happiness (1960)

15 min | Short

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, while the man abuses a doll in various ways. In "They Stopped to ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 326

30. Serene Velocity (1970)

23 min | Short

An experimental short film which shows a time-lapse in the basement hallway of a Binghamton University building.

Director: Ernie Gehr

Votes: 325