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Oramunde (1933)

| Short | 1933 (USA)
A title card tells us this is a study on the theme of Mélisande. A female figure, her face hidden by a long veil, dances, twirls, and runs on the shore. She leaps on rocks along the edge of... See full summary »

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Emlen Etting
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Caresse Crosby Caresse Crosby ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Binney Montgomery Mary Binney Montgomery ... Dancer (uncredited)
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A title card tells us this is a study on the theme of Mélisande. A female figure, her face hidden by a long veil, dances, twirls, and runs on the shore. She leaps on rocks along the edge of the sea, her veil wafting behind her. She raises her arms; waves crash. Mist hides the hills. She becomes desolate, moving slowly, pausing to lower her head. She leans against rocks, which have torn the ends of her train; it's tattered. She moves slowly, falling down. She retreats into the mist and then the woods. She staggers. A hooded figure, all in black, waits in a rowboat at the edge of a calm bay. She boards the boat and stands in the stern as he rows away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

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1933 (USA) See more »

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Early dance film filmed outdoors and directed by artist Emlen Etting. See more »

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This defies anyone's ability to assess a numerical score....you just have to see this one!
30 October 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an art film from the DVD collection entitled "Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941" and it can be found on disc 7. For the most part, these short films are NOT the sort of thing that would appeal to the average person. I think the only reason I watched is because I am a nut about films! This is a very weird film--even for this collection. It consists of various shots of waves coming in to shore and then abruptly the film cuts to some woman running about with a HUGE muslin-like sheet draped over her. She appears to be wearing a bra and panties under it and dances and cavorts about--looking a bit like a ghost---a very artsy ghost. As I said, it's all pretty weird. BUT, the music is nice and it does seem to fit the film. It's too bad that there isn't any sort of commentary track for this--as I'd sure love to know more about the folks who made this...and why. But, I assume that like most art films, there really is no why...at least in the conventional sense.


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