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Avant-garde. 3 : experimental cinema, 1922-1954 / Kino International.

Format Video (DVD)
EditionDeluxe two-disc ed.
Publication InfoNew York, NY : Kino International, ©2009.
Description2 videodiscs (approximately 289 min.) : sound & silent, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
Other author/creatorBolm, Adolph, 1884-1951 performer.
Other author/creatorPage, Ruth, 1899-1991 performer.
Other author/creatorHowland, Olin, 1886-1959 actor.
Other author/creatorMurphy, Dudley, 1897-1968, director.
Other author/creatorCavalcanti, Alberto.
Other author/creatorKlein, Charles F.
Other author/creatorWatson, James S. (James Sibley), 1894-1982.
Other author/creatorBute, Mary Ellen.
Other author/creatorNemeth, Ted, 1911-1986.
Other author/creatorMunson, Kent.
Other author/creatorHuff, Theodore.
Other author/creatorPeterson, Sidney, 1905-2000.
Other author/creatorBroughton, James, 1913-1999.
Other author/creatorPatchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972.
Other author/creatorKessler, Chester.
Other author/creatorKirsanov, Dmitri, 1899-1957.
Other author/creatorMaas, Willard.
Other author/creatorWhitney, John, Sr., 1917-1995.
Other author/creatorRohauer, Raymond.
Other author/creatorSchmitz, John E.
Other author/creatorCocteau, Jean, 1889-1963.
Other author/creatorMarc'O.
Other author/creatorWinik, Leslie.
Other author/creatorParker, John J.
Other author/creatorSpring, Robert H.
Other author/creatorEastman, George, 1854-1932.
Other author/creatorVisual Symphony Productions, Inc.
Other author/creatorWorkshop 20.
Other author/creatorCalifornia School of Fine Arts (San Francisco, Calif.)
Other author/creatorFarallone Films.
Other author/creatorOfficial Films (Firm)
Other author/creatorGeorge Eastman House.
Other author/creatorRohauer Collection.
Other author/creatorKino International Corporation.
Portion of title Experimental cinema, 1922-1954
Variant title Subtitle on disc label and container: From the collection of the George Eastman House and from the Raymond Rohauer collection
Contents Disc one: Danse macabre / Visual Symphony Productions, Inc. presents ; conception, Adolph Bolm ; director, Dudley Murphy (1922, U.S.) (6 min.) -- Rien que les heures = Nothing but time / [Alberto Cavalcanti] (1926, France) (46 min.) -- The telltale heart / adapted and directed by Charles F. Klein (1928, U.S.) (20 min.) -- Tomatoes another day / [director, James Sibley Watson] (1930, U.S.) (7 min.) -- Tarantella / Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth (1940, U.S.) (4 min.) -- The uncomfortable man / a film by Kent Munson and Theodore Huff (1948, U.S.) (23 min.) -- The petrified dog / Workshop 20 ; California School of Fine Arts ; directed by Sidney Peterson (1948, U.S.) (18 min.) -- The lead shoes / a Workshop 20 production ; California California School of Fine Arts ; directed by Sidney Peterson (1949, U.S.) (16 min.) -- Four in the afternoon / a Farallone Films production ; a film suite by James Broughton ; based on poems in his book "Musical Chairs" (1951, U.S.) (14 min.).
Contents Disc two: Plague summer / adapted from "The Journal of Albion Moonlight" by Kenneth Patchen ; [director, Chester Kessler] (1951, U.S.) (16 min.) -- La mort du cerf = The death of a stag / réalisé par Dimitri Kirsanoff (1951, France) (13 min.) -- Image in the snow / a film poem by Willard Maas (1952, U.S.) (26 min.) -- Celery stalks at midnight / director, John Whitney (1952, U.S.) (3 min.) -- The voices / Raymond Rohauer presents ; directed by John E. Schmitz (1953, U.S.) (14 min.) -- Closed vision = close vision / dialogue and screen treatment by Jean Cocteau ; directed by Marc'O. (1955, Franco-American) (65 min.). Bonus features: Episodes in the life of a gin bottle / [Bela von Block] (1925, U.S.) (12 min.) -- Schichlegruber doing the Lambeth Walk / Official films presents ; produced by Leslie Winik (1941, U.K.) (2 min.) -- Dementia (excerpt) / [John J. Parker] (1953, U.S.) (7 min.) -- Falling pink / produced and directed by Robert H. Spring (1956-59, U.S.) (10 min.).
Abstract Long before home video there flourished an alternative cinema culture on college campuses and around art theaters, where foreign film fare was often accompanied by a short subject. As reliable 16mm film equipment became available to non-professionals, artists independent of film centers began experimenting with cinema. Serious film societies sprang up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, holding semi-private screenings of non-commercial artistic films. For years, these pictures have been exhibited only in infrequent museum screenings, if at all. This collection is of mainly American pictures, principally one-man artistic endeavors made from little more than an artist's desire to express feelings with a camera.
General noteSpecial features: Notes for each film are available via the "Select a film" menu; Introduction to bonus films.
CreditsRein que les heures: Music by Larry Marotta. Telltale heart: Photographed by Leo Shamroy ; music composed and performed by Sue Harshe. Tarantella: Music, Edwin Gerschefski. Four in the afternoon: Music by William O. Smith. La mort du cerf: Prises de vues, Emile Houdeyer ; musique de Maurice Thiriet ; English translation, Anna-Elisa and Jerome Mackowiak. Image in the snow: Original score by Ben Weber. The voices: Original story and photography by John E. Schmitz ; music, Warren Burns. Closed vision: Text, scenario, dialogues, Marc'O ; English adaptation and translation, Matthew Carney ; montage, J.G. Albicocco ; musique originale, Roger Calmel. The spirit of the gin bottle: Music composed and performed by Paul Mercer, Bruce Bennett, Davis Petterson. Falling pink: Music composed, performed, and produced by Paul Mercer, Bruce Bennett.
Performer Danse macabre: Adolph Bolm, Ruth Page, Olin Howland. The telltale heart: Otto Matiesen. The petrified dog: Gail Randall, Marie Hirsh, Jo Landor, Ian Zellick, Leslie Turner, Carl Austen, William Heick, Charles Mather, Hal Bronstein. The lead shoes: Jeremy Anderson, Elsa Barrett, Jack Klough. Four in the afternoon: Ann Halprin, Welland Lathrop, Charmian St. John, Don Penney. Image in the snow: Narrator, Ben Moore. Closed vision: Daniele Maurel, Robert R. Guiot, Merlin Hare ; le récitant (French), Jean-Pierre Harrison ; narrator (English), Lewis Carliner. The spirit of the gin bottle: Rex Lease. Falling pink: Lynn Foulkes.
Technical detailsDVD.
LanguageSilent or with music; credits, intertitles, and some dialogue in English and French; occasional subtitles in English (on selected films).
Genre/formSilent films.
Genre/formShort films.
Genre/formFilm adaptations.
Genre/formExperimental films.
UPC 738329058326
Publisher numberK583 Kino International

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