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Anemic Cinema (1926)

Anémic cinéma (original title)
Not Rated | | Short | 22 September 2009 (Greece)
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 »

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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 it rotates. The messages, in French, feature puns and whimsical rhymes and alliteration. The final message comments on the spiral motif itself. Written by David Carless

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ANEMIC CINEMA {Short} (Marcel Duchamp, 1926) **
12 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I had previously watched 4 titles from Kino's 2-Disc AVANT-GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA OF THE 1920s AND '30s; apart from this, I own multiple versions of a few of them. Anyway, having spent yesterday watching cartoons included in "Wonders In The Dark"'s 3000 All-Time Best Movies, I opted to follow it up with experimental shorts from the same poll, plus films by the same directors found in the afore-mentioned set. This one basically presents a progression of geometric forms shaped like a series of vaguely nonsensical quotes (in French) – one would think the constant revolving makes these hard to read but the eye actually adjusts to their alignment fairly quickly!


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