Loading...

Eraserhead
Part of the Series: Janus Cult Classics Collection
In David Lynch's "dream of dark and troubling things," Henry is left alone in his apartment to care for his deformed baby and has a series of strange encounters with the beautiful girl across the hall and the woman living…
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm
Part of the Series: Janus American Documentaries Collection
In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York's Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they're making. A couple enacts a break-up…
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…
6 videos
Intolerance
D.W. Griffith's epic intercuts between four separate stories about man's inhumanity to man. In Babylon, pacifist Prince Belshazzar is brought down by warring religious factions. In Judea, the last days of Christ (Howard Gaye) are depicted in the style of…
2 videos
Unseen Cinema 2: The Devil's Plaything - American Surrealism
THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Edwin S. Porter and other early filmmakers used bizarre sets, fantastic costumes, and magic lantern tricks to illuminate their fantasy films. American parody…
13 videos
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1920s
Clip #1: "Manhatta" - Clip #2: "Ballet Mechanique" - Clip #3: "Anemic cinema" - Clip #4: "The Life and Death of 9413-A Hollywood Extra" - Clip #5: "Skyscraper Symphony" -
5 videos
Unseen Cinema 5: Picturing a Metropolis - New York City Unveiled
PICTURING A METROPOLIS is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Since the beginning of cinema, filmmakers have been infatuated with capturing on film dynamic images of New York City. Avant-garde experiments pop up…
13 videos
The Smell of Burning Ants
The Smell of Burning Ants is a haunting documentary on the pains of growing up male. It explores the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. The film provokes the viewer to reflect on how our society can…
Unseen Cinema 7: Viva La Dance - The Beginnings of Ciné-Dance (1894-1946)
VIVA LA DANCE is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Dance and film have shared the aspiration to creatively sculpt motion and time. Some of the first films ever made featured Annabelle's skirt…
21 videos
Unseen Cinema 3: Light Rhythms - Music and Abstractions
Light Rhythms is part of the film retrospective Unseen Cinema that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. The rhythmic elements of cinema are explored by artists and filmmakers fascinated in the abstract qualities of light. The American authors of avant-garde classics…
18 videos
Mixed Messages - Gender Stereotyping in Popular Culture
An experimental video collage that incorporates found footage, performance, interviews with young girls, documentary, animation, images from advertising and television, and a dream narrative in a work that examines gender-stereotyping in popular culture, concluding with a post-modern version of the…
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1960s
Clip #1: "9 Variations on a Dance Theme" - Clip #2: "Castro Street" - Clip #3: "Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter" - Clip #4: "Excerpt from Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches" - Clip #5: "Our Lady…
5 videos
End of the Art World
With Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Michael Snow. "With ferocious wit, Ms. Krasilovsky sends up New York's art scene in End of the Art World. In essence, Ms. Krasilovsky uses the sounds and images of the…
Unseen Cinema 1: The Mechanized Eye - Experiments in Technique and Form
THE MECHANIZED EYE is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. 17 films by featured directors: Frederick Armitage, Artkino, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer, Paul Burnford, Russell Collins, Emlen Etting, Walker Evans, Jerome Hill, Elia Kazan,…
13 videos
Unseen Cinema 4: Inverted Narratives - New Directions in Storytelling
INVERTED NARRATIVES is part of the retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. In this collection, early directors D.W. Griffith and Lois Weber develop the radical language of cinema narrative through audience-friendly melodramas made for nickelodeon theaters. Experimental…
12 videos
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1930s
Clip #1: "Mechanical Principles" - Clip #2: "A Bronx Morning" - Clip #3: "Lot in Sodom" - Clip #4: "Poem 8" - Clip #5: "An Optical Poem" - Clip #6: "Thimble Theatre" -
6 videos
Period Piece
Period Piece is a documentary about menarche -- a girl's first menstrual period -- which is a fundamental experience in every woman's life, yet one that is rarely celebrated. Women of different ages (8-84) and multi-cultural backgrounds tell their menarchal…
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1950s
Clip #1: "Four in the afternoon" - Clip #2: "Abstronic" - Clip #3: "Eaux d'artifice" - Clip #4: "Bells of Atlantis" - Clip #5: "Evolution" - Clip #6: "Gyromorphosis" - Clip #7: "Hurry, Hurry!" - Clip #8: "N.Y., N.Y." -
8 videos
The House Without Steps
A sensuous woman, an angry artist, a mysterious puppet maker, suspicious townspeople, mischievous kids; these are the characters in THE HOUSE WITHOUT STEPS. The setting is contemporary Vermont, but it is Walter Ungerer's Vermont; the landscape, though beautiful and tranquil,…
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…
3 videos