Manoel de Oliveira – Acto da Primavera AKA Rite of Spring (1963)

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Oliveira returned to the center of Portugal’s film scene in the 1960s with Acto da Primavera (Rite of spring; 1963), a work that marks a significant change in the director’s trajectory and that initiates some of the cinematic strategies that he would develop more fully in later films. In Acto da Primavera, Oliveira offers a version of a popular representation of the Passion of Christ, enacted by members of a rural community in northern Portugal, derived from the Auto da Paixão de Jesus Cristo (1559), by Francisco Vaz de Guimarães. He came across the annual Easter drama in the small town of Curalha when he was looking for locations for “O Pão,” and he was so taken by it that he wanted to return and register it on film. Continue reading

Ian Hugo – Bells of Atlantis (1952)

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+ BELLS OF ATLANTIS (Ian Hugo 1952 16mm 10 mins)
A perfect fusion of poetry and film, with dense layered imagery and music from electro pioneers Louise and Bebe Barron. The writer Anais Nin provides dialogue from her novella ‘House of Incest’ and appears adrift in the undersea realm of Atlantis before ascending to dry land. Continue reading

Hy Hirsh – Gyromorphosis (1954)

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The inherent kinetic qualities are brought into actuality in GYROMORPHOSIS, as seen in the construction-sculpture of Constant Nieuwenhuys of Amsterdam. To realize this aim I have put into motion, one by one, pieces of this sculpture and, with color lighting, filmed them in various detail, overlaying the images on the film as they appear and disappear. In this way I have hoped to produce sensations of acceleration and suspension which are suggested to me by the sculpture itself. – Hy Hirsh Continue reading

Various director / artists – Kunst im Exil AKA Arts in Exile (1962-1989)

Nine short stories that together amount to a play time of 3h20m.

Presented here are nine short films that feature: film director Slatan Dudow; actor Martin Brandt; authors Erich Fried, Erich Weinert, and Arnold Zweig; photographer Walter Ballhause; cartoonist Leo Haas; and journalist Egon Erwin Kisch. Original interviews with the artists, close family members, and friends are combined with little-known historic film material. All produced in the GDR. Continue reading

Leighton Pierce – White Ash (2014)

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WHITE ASH is an immersive walk through the edges of consciousness. While firmly grounded in recognizable images and sounds captured from reality, WHITE ASH is designed to scrape through the patina of normal day to day perception, leading to an embodied associational state, something ‘to the side’ of our familiar narratives and perceptions. Pierce meticulously eaves the warp and weft of image and sound to gently lead the viewer into this very conscious yet meditative state. Beginning with the shooting and then the animation of thousands of moving camera, hand held, long exposure digital still photographs into abstractions actual space and events, Pierce then re-articulates and re-contextualizes the video by applying the lever of his judiciously and intentionally composed concrete-music soundtrack. Continue reading