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Avant-Garde 3: Experimental Cinema 1922-1954 (2009)

Various , Alberto Cavalcanti , Sidney Peterson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Sidney Peterson, Willard Maas, James Broughton, Mary Ellen Bute
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Extra tracks, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 321 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002L9N6TA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From the little theaters of the 1920s to the ad hoc film societies of the 50s, avant-garde cinema knew no established form and held no predictable position. The boundaries of its history are still hotly debated, but its rough sensibilities informed and permeated the city symphonies of Alberto Cavalcanti, the visual music of Mary Ellen Bute and John Whitney, the classroom films of Sidney Peterson, the confessional film poems of Willard Maas and John E. Schmitz, the Lettrist cinema of Marc O, and even marginal exploitation films and home movies. Drawn from the rich collections of Raymond Rohauer and the George Eastman House, Kino s third volume of experimental films continues to illuminate the degree to which cinema s evolution has been influenced by those filmmakers who occupy its periphery.


DANSE MACABRE (US 1922 Color Tinted 6 Min.) Dir: Dudley Murphy

RIEN QUE LES HEURES (Nothing But Time) (US 1926 B&W 46 Min.) Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti - Music by Larry Marotta

THE TELL-TALE HEART (US 1928 B&W 20 Min.) Dir: Charles F. Klein - Music by Sue Harshe

TARANTELLA (US 1940 Color 4 Min.) Dir: Mary Ellen Bute and Ted Nemeth

TOMATOS ANOTHER DAY (US 1930 B&W 7 Min.) Dir: James Sibley Watson

THE UNCOMFORTABLE MAN (US 1948 B&W 23 Min. Intentionally silent) (Dir: Kent Munson and Theodore Huff)

THE PETRIFIED DOG (US 1948 B&W 18 Min.) Dir: Sidney Peterson

THE LEAD SHOES (US 1949 B&W 16 Min.) Dir: Sidney Peterson

FOUR IN THE AFTERNOON (US 1951 B&W 14 Min.) Dir: James Broughton


PLAGUE SUMMER (US 1951 B&W 15 Min.) Dir: Chester Kessler

LA MORT DU CERF (The Death of a Stag) (France 1951 B&W 12 Min.) Dir: Dimitri Kirsanoff

IMAGE IN THE SNOW (US 1952 B&W 26 Min.) Dir: Willard Maas

CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT (France 1952 Color 3 Min.) Dir: John Whitney

THE VOICES (US 1953 B&W 14 Min.) Dir: John E. Schmitz

CLOSED VISION (US 1954 B&W 65 Min.) Dir: Marc O


EPISODES IN THE LIFE OF A GIN BOTTLE (US 1925 B&W 11 Min.) Dir: Bela von Block - Music by Paul Mercer, Bruce Bennett and Davis Petterson


FALLING PINK (US circa late 1950s Color 9 Min.) Dir: Robert H. Spring - Music by Paul Mercer and Bruce Bennett

DEMENTIA (excerpt) (US 1955 B&W 5 Min.) Dir: John Parker

TOMATOS ANOTHER DAY (outtakes) (US 1930 B&W 5 Min.) Dir: James Sibley Watson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic collection December 31, 2012
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I'd recommend all of who are interesting to know about what was before hollywood and how can go cinema without border. My respect who did it and I hope it help all who start to do career in movie or want to open new possibility in yourself. Very reccomend all three collection Avant-Garde.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection - includes rare James Broughton film February 1, 2013
This fabulous collection of groundbreaking cinema features "Four in the Afternoon" by poet filmmaker James Broughton, who won a grand prize at the Cannes film festival in 1954 (breaking new ground in U.S. cinema and paving the way for today's vibrant multimedia video culture), and published 23 books of poetry, including Packing Up for Paradise: Selected Poems 1946-1996.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film history must February 22, 2010
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I already own the first and second box from KINO and this is a must if you love Avantgarde film
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2.0 out of 5 stars ho hum June 9, 2013
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dunno what I expected when i bought this dvd... probably something along the lines of Ubu Films dvd (a group of film-makers from the 60s in Sydney). In fact, I was quite disappointed and fell asleep watching it.
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