Short Film

Philip S. Solomon – Psalm IV: ‘Valley of the Shadow’ (2013)

Synopsis
Pairs moody landscape imagery culled from a video game with John Huston’s reading of James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’. Read More »

Philip S. Solomon – Psalm II: ‘Walking Distance’ (1999)

Journal of Film and Video
Response to Phil Solomon’s WALKING DISTANCE
By Albright, Deron

“Imagining one of those rusted medieval film cans having survived centuries, a long lost Biograph/Star, a Griffith Melies co-production, a two-reeler left to us from, say, the Bronze Age, a time when images were smelted and boiled rather than merely taken, and they poured down like silver, not to be fixed and washed, mind you, but free to reform and coagulate into unstable, temporary molds, mere holding patterns of faces, places, and things, shape-shifting according to whim, need, the uncanny or the inevitable. . . WALKING DISTANCE is a simple Golden Book tale of horizontals and verticals, a cinema of ether and ore. . . ” Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi & Henryk Ryszka – Samolot z Budapesztu AKA A Plane from Budapest (1961)

An early Zanussi short. Fun fact: it’s called “Plane from Budapest” but the only arriving plane in the movie is from Amsterdam.
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Here we see short scenes from a random day at the airport. We have flying planes, landings, passport checking scenes, passengers waiting for their relatives. This documentary shows the ordinary but unique behaviors and reactions of the passengers and the airport maintenance staff. Read More »

Jean-Marie Straub – Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene AKA Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene (1973)

Music: Arnold Schoenberg, Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene, opus 34, 1929-1930.
Words: Schoenberg’s letters to Wassily Kandinsky (April the 20th and Mai the 4th 1923), Bertold Brecht’s speech at the “Congrès international des Intellectuels contre le fascisme”, (Paris 1935). Read More »

Shozin Fukui – Kyatapira AKA Caterpillar (1988)

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The power of angel and fallen angel are awake and they both start to affect the function of the cyborg. Sharman and Golden Mask accelerate the speed of destruction. MIU sings a song in spite of these drive. The non-stop accelerated power barrel through the metropolice. Overwhelming cuts and sounds has got beyond the boundaries of the traditional film size. Read More »

Georges Franju – Monsieur et Madame Curie (1956)

The film highlights key moments in the life and professional collaboration of Pierre Curie and Marie Curie. Read More »

João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata – China, China [+Extra] (2007)

Synopsis
China walks towards the Martim Moniz district, in Lisbon. When she passes the children scream: “China, China!”. China is going to fly. To escape far away at dawn. She just wants to be happy. But China drinks her own poison. She drinks it all. Sometimes the air seems loaded with evil and the purgatory is a kindergarden. Read More »