Unseen Cinema 4: Inverted Narratives
New Directions in Storytelling

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The House with Closed Shutters
In this Drama by D.W. Griffith, a soldier of the American Civil War deserts his military duties and is replaced by his sister. Photographed at Biograph's New York studio and…
Suspense
A 1913 advertisement for D.W. Griffith claimed credit for practically everything in the movies. With Suspense Weber and Smalley hijacked the plot of one of his Biograph's A Woman Scorned…
Moonland
A conventional program filler turns into a science fiction illustration gone berserk. Mickey McBain's search for the "man in the moon" leads him through oversized background paintings reminiscent of a…
Lullaby
In painter Boris Deutsch's only film, a woman tries to sing to her baby in a busy, crowded inn and is berated for it by the inn keepers. In the…
The Bridge
Charles Vidor's THE BRIDGE, an adaptation of Ambrose Bierce's story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," utilizes flash-forward techniques to visualize a condemned man's escape fantasy, effectively creating a mixture…
Little Geezer: His Rise and Fall
Little Geezer, Ted Huff's second child burlesque, won attention in amateur film circles for its excellent production and editing. Simultaneously a brilliant parody of popular crime films and a liberal…
Black Dawn
Adapted by Seymour Stern, director Josef Berne's BLACK DAWN tells of a farm girl in conflict with her authoritarian father over a young drifter. Virtually silent, the film's strength is…
Native Land (1937-1941) - excerpt
Capping a decade of political filmmaking, and featuring a forceful narration by legendary performer and activist Paul Robeson, Hurwitz and Stand summarize the momentous growth of labor unions into a…
Black Legion
Unhappy with the limited structure of league newsreels, NYKino, a splinter filmmaking collective, produced a March of Time-type series under the banner "The World Today." Only two episodes were released,…
Even as You and I
Inspired by an amateur filmmaking competition, Barlow, Hay and Robbins collaborated on this reflexive film, in which they depict the production of a homemade short that references stylistic devices used…
Object Lesson
A visual timeline is prefaced by this declaration: "Let us consider objects, for they tell the story of life." The transient objects of human history--sculptures, weapons, religious icons--are placed within…
“Sredni Vashtar” by Saki
Described as "a nasty little story," by a production onlooker, "SREDNI VASTAR" BY SAKI is a faithfully realized adaptation by producer-director-writer-cameraman-editor David Bradley of the titular short story. The details…

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