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5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse collection, a must have, July 21, 2009
This review is from: Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986 (DVD)
Really, you can't argue with a two disc, five hour set that truly delivers at the rate this does, including newly remastered films previously unavailable on video or DVD by artists like Stan Brakhage, Marie Menken, Ken Jacobs, George Kuchar, Hollis Frampton and many, many more. The packaging is fantastic, coming in a great thick case to house both DVDs and the greatly informative booklet with about 1 1/2 to 2 pages of text about each contributing film maker. Some films here include an optional sound track of new music by Anthology Film Archives composer-in-residence John Zorn. This particularly works with Wallace Berman's "Aleph." In fact, the optional soundtracks for many of these offer a little insight. For example, Shirley Clarke's "Bridges Go Round" has the option to play either the original track intended for it by Louis and Bebe Barron, or music by Teo Macero, composed later on as a replacement soundtrack after copyright troubles forbid the use of the Barron track. Shirley, as the booklet illustrates, would often screen both versions of "Bridges" back to back, and you can do the same here.
Ron Rice's "Chumlum" is another great inclusion; it contains a classic performance by one of the most influential people in the New York underground, Jack Smith, and haunting music by Angus MacLise that both perfectly compliment Rice's intricate costuming, unreal multiple superimpositions and jarring angles. This collection is essential for a lover of independant cinema, and completely worth it even if only for "Chumlum," Stan Brakhage's "Riddle of Lumen," and Joseph Cornell's "By Night with Torch and Spear." Your money will go quite far on this purchase.
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