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Title Avant-garde. 3, Experimental cinema, 1922-1954 [(DVD) videorecording].

Edition Deluxe two-disc edition.
Publication Info. New York, NY : Kino International, [2009]
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Description 2 videodiscs (approximately 289 min.) : sound & silent, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD; NTSC.
Language Silent or with music; credits, intertitles, and some dialogue in English and French; occasional subtitles in English (on selected films).
Note Title from disc label; edition and some credits from container.
"Produced for video by Bret Wood"--Container.
Third film has container title: The tell-tale heart.
Special features: Notes by K.A. Westphal for each film are available via the "Select a film" menu; Introduction to bonus films; Tomatos another day outtakes.
Cast Danse macabre: Adolph Bolm, Ruth Page, Olin Howland. Rein que les heures: Blanche Bernis, Philippe Hériat. 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: Hunter Jones, Ellen McCool ; narrator, Ben Moore. Closed vision: Daniele Maurel, Robert R. Guiot, Merlin Hare ; narrator (French), Jean-Pierre Harrison ; narrator (English), Lewis Carliner. Episodes in the life of a gin bottle: Rex Lease. Falling pink: Lynn [i.e. Llyn] Foulkes.
Credits Danse macabre: music, Camille Saint-Saëns ; animation, F.A.A. Dahme. Rien que les heures: photography, James Rogers ; music, Larry Marotta. Telltale heart: photography, Leo Shamroy ; music, Sue Harshe. Tarantella: music, Edwin Gerschefski. Four in the afternoon: music, William O. Smith. La mort du cerf: photography, Emile Houdeyer ; music, Maurice Thiriet ; English translation, Anna-Elisa and Jerome Mackowiak. Image in the snow: music, Ben Weber. The voices: music, Warren Burns. Closed vision: English adaptation and translation, Matthew Carney ; director of photography, J.G. Albicocco ; editing, J.G. Albicocco ; music, Roger Calmel. Episodes in the life of a gin bottle: music, Paul Mercer, Bruce Bennett, and Davis Petterson. Dementia: photography, William C. Thompson ; music, George Antheil. Falling pink: music, Paul Mercer and Bruce Bennett.
Summary 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.
Contents Disc 1: Danse macabre / [presented by] Visual Symphony Productions Inc. ; conception, Adolph Bolm ; direction, Dudley Murphy (1922, U.S.) (6 min.) -- Rien que les heures = Nothing but time / Alberto Cavalcanti (1926, France) (46 min.) -- The telltale heart / [presented by] the Film Society in conjunction with the International Film Arts Guild ; [presented by] Maurice Barber ; adapted and directed by Charles F. Klein (1928, U.S.) (20 min.) -- Tomatos another day (It never happened, what may happen, and it didn't happen that night) / James Sibley Watson (1930, U.S.) (7 min.) -- Tarantella : a swift moving dance / [presented by] Ted Nemeth Studios ; 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 / [presented by] Workshop 20, California School of Fine Arts ; directed by Sidney Peterson (1948, U.S.) (18 min.) -- The lead shoes / a Workshop 20 production ; 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.).
Disc 2: The plague summer / adapted from "The journal of Albion Moonlight" by Kenneth Patchen ; [dir.] Chester Kessler (1951, U.S.) (16 min.) -- La mort du cerf = The death of a stag / réalisé par Dimitri Kirsanoff ; production des Films Kirsanoff (1951, France) (12 min.) -- Image in the snow / a film poem by Willard Maas ; a Gryphon production (1952, U.S.) (26 min.) -- Celery stalks at midnight / John Whitney (1951, U.S.) (3 min.) -- The voices / [presented by] Raymond Rohauer ; directed by John E. Schmitz ; original story and photography by John E. Schmitz (1953, U.S.) (14 min.) -- Closed vision = close vision / dialogue and screen treatment by Jean Cocteau ; directed by Marc'O ; production, the Society of Cinema Arts ; producer, Leon Vickman ; text, scenario, dialogues, Marc'O (1954, Franco-American) (65 min.). Bonus films: Episodes in the life of a gin bottle / a Cine Art Library film ; Bela von Block (ca. 1925, U.S.) (11 min.) -- Schichlegruber doing the Lambeth Walk (Lambeth Walk-- Nazi style) / [presented by] Official Films ; produced by Leslie Winik ; [dir.] Charles A. Ridley (1941, U.K.) (2 min.) -- Dementia (excerpt) / John J. Parker (1953, U.S.) (7 min.) -- Falling pink / [presented by] Robair ; produced and directed by Robert H. Spring (1956-59, U.S.) (9 min.).
Subject Art, Abstract -- In motion pictures -- Videodiscs.
Experimental films -- United States -- Videodiscs.
Motion pictures, American -- History -- Videodiscs.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- Videodiscs.
Experimental films -- United States -- History -- Videodiscs.
Experimental films -- France -- Videodiscs.
Surrealism in motion pictures -- Videodiscs.
Visual literature -- Videodiscs.
Genre Silent films.
Short films.
Film adaptations.
Experimental films.
Feature films.
Surrealist films.
Added Author Bolm, Adolf, 1884-1951, performer.
Page, Ruth, 1899-1991, performer.
Howland, Olin, 1886-1959, actor.
Foulkes, Llyn, 1934-
Murphy, Dudley, 1897-1968, director.
Cavalcanti, Alberto, director.
Klein, Charles F., director.
Watson, James S. (James Sibley), 1894-1982, director.
Bute, Mary Ellen, director.
Nemeth, Ted, 1911-1986, director.
Munson, Kent, actor.
Huff, Theodore, director.
Peterson, Sidney, 1905-2000, director.
Broughton, James, 1913-1999, director.
Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972. Journal of Albion Moonlight.
Kessler, Chester, director.
Kirsanov, Dmitri, 1899-1957, director.
Maas, Willard, director.
Whitney, John, Sr., 1917-1995, director.
Rohauer, Raymond.
Schmitz, John E., director.
Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963.
Marc'O, director.
Winik, Leslie, producer.
Block, Bela von.
Parker, John J.
Spring, Robert H., producer, director.
Barber, Maurice.
Vickman, Leon.
Ridley, Charles A.
Moore, Ben.
Wood, Bret.
Harrison, Jean-Pierre.
Carliner, Lewis.
Matiesen, Otto, -1932.
Heick, William.
Halprin, Anna.
Lathrop, Welland.
Lease, Rex, 1903-1966.
Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921. Danse macabre (Symphonic poem)
Gerschefski, Edwin, 1909-1992.
Smith, William O. (William Overton), 1926-
Thiriet, Maurice, 1906-1972.
Weber, Ben, 1916-1979.
Calmel, Roger.
Mercer, Paul, 1971-
Thompson, William C., A.S.C.
Antheil, George, 1900-1959.
Visual Symphony Productions.
Workshop 20 (Firm)
California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco, Calif.)
Farallone Films.
Official Films (Firm)
Robair (Firm)
George Eastman House. Motion Picture Department.
Rohauer Collection.
Kino International Corporation.
Film Society.
International Film Arts Guild.
Ted Nemeth Studios.
Films Kirsanoff (Firm)
Society of Cinema Arts.
Cine Art Library.
Gryphon Productions.
Added Title Experimental cinema, 1922-1954
Note Title from main menu screen: Avant-garde. Series 3
Subtitle on disc labels: Films from the Raymond Rohauer Collection and the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department
Added Title Danse macabre.
Rien que les heures.
The tell-tale heart.
Tomatos another day.
The uncomfortable man.
The petrified dog.
Four in the afternoon.
The plague summer.
La mort du cerf.
The death of a stag.
Image in the snow.
Celery stalks at midnight.
The voices.
Closed vision.
Nothing but time.
The telltale heart.
The lead shoes.
Close vision.
Episodes in the life of a gin bottle.
Shichlegruber doing the Lambeth Walk.
Falling pink.
Standard No. 738329058326
Music No. K583 Kino International
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