Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1940s
This breathtaking collection includes 6 groundbreaking experimental works made between 1940 and 1949, restored to pristine high-definition, from some of the foremost experimental filmmakers of the 20th century. To watch…

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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1940s
This breathtaking collection includes 6 groundbreaking experimental works made between 1940 and 1949, restored to pristine high-definition, from some of the foremost experimental filmmakers of the 20th century. To watch these films is to see the world anew through cinematic interventions: fast cutting, expressive camerawork, abstract animation, surrealistic collage, distorted…
Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection
Curtis Harrington, widely regarded as one of the important avant-garde directors of the 1940s as well as an early influential figure in what would come to be known as "New Queer Cinema," was born in Los Angeles in 1926. He began making films as a teenager, often deeply surreal, intuitive…
Screening Room with Bruce Baillie
Part of the Series: Screening Room Series
Bruce Baillie appeared on Screening Room in April 1973 to screen and discuss the films:
  • On Sundays (excerpt, 11:40)
  • The Gymnasts (excerpt, 6:45)
  • To Parsifal (full film, 15:12)
  • Tung (full film, 4:32)
  • Castro Street (full film, 9:54)
Bruce…
Hans Richter: Everything Turns, Everything Revolves - The Pioneer of Experimental Filmmaking
This documentary celebrates the life of the Dadaist, abstract painter and experimental filmmaker who was a major force in redefining art in the 20th century. In collaboration with friends including Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eisenstein, Tristan Tzara, Mies Van Der Rohe and Hans Arp, Richter was at the leading edge of…
D.W. Griffith Volume 2 - Years of Discovery 1909 - 1913
For the five years between 1908 and 1913, D.W. Griffith directed some 450 films for the Biograph Company, delivering at a rate of two or three films per week. These films, one and two reels in length, are sometimes regarded as apprentice works, films in which Griffith borrowed, invented, and…
D.W. Griffith Volume 1 - Years of Discovery 1909 - 1913
For the five years between 1908 and 1913, D.W. Griffith directed some 450 films for the Biograph Company, delivering at a rate of two or three films per week. These films, one and two reels in length, are sometimes regarded as apprentice works, films in which Griffith borrowed, invented, and…
Screening Room with Ed Emshwiller
Part of the Series: Screening Room Series
Ed Emshwiller started out as an abstract expressionist painter and an award-winning science fiction illustrator before becoming a major figure in avant-garde cinema and the experimental film movement of the 1960s and '70s. Eventually a highly respected video artist and dean at the School of Film/Videoo at the California Institute…