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 »
Samson De Brier,
Moving spheres, such as balloons and bubbles, are superimposed on static backgrounds to suggest travel and discovery. There are perils: a boy falls, a lion roars. The lyric flights of ... See full summary »
Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
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 »
This 34 minute short film is from "American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 1"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. It's by far the longest of the short films on the disc. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird!
Christopher Maclaine's "The End" is clearly the most cinematic film from the disc. Now this is NOT to say the film looks like anything you'd ever see in a movie theater! Instead, it's like a film made by a psychotic. It begins with some weird, rambling narration of an apocalyptic nature--and I seriously thought I was listening to a paranoid schizophrenic. Much of the narration is to a black screen. The film also has MANY random images (in color and black & white--shot over MANY years) plastered within--and a few images shot specifically for this film (though very little of the movie seems to be from this latter category). There also are a lot of characters who kill others or themselves. It's incoherent, to say the least.
FYI--according to the notes on the DVD, Maclaine was later institutionalized for drug addiction, though I am also pretty certain drugs were not his only difficulty.
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