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Oskar Fischinger – Oskar Fischinger: Ten Films (1926-1947)

Spirals (1926)
Study no. 6 (1930)
Study no. 7 (1931)
Kreise (1933)
Allegretto (1936-43)
Radio Dynamics (1942)
Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

and 3 Early Films:

Wax Experiments (1921-26)
Spiritual Constructions (1927)
Walking from Munich to Berlin (1927)

Special Features
* Never-released early experiments, animation drawings and tests
* Home movies of Oskar, Elfriede and Hans Fischinger in the Berlin Studio, c. 1931
* Biographical Photographs
* A Selection of Paintings by Fischinger
* Film notes by Fischinger and others
* Biography
* Preserved films, high definition digital transfers and digitally remastered audio

Decades before computer graphics, before music videos, even before “Fantasia” (the 1940 version), there were the abstract animated films of Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967), master of “absolute” or nonobjective filmmaking. He was cinema’s Kandinsky, an animator who, beginning in the 1920’s in Germany, created exquisite “visual music” using geometric patterns and shapes choreographed tightly to classical music and jazz. (John Canemaker, New York Times) Read More »

Harmony Korine – Trash Humpers (2009)

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A film unearthed from the buried landscape of the American nightmare, TRASH HUMPERS follows a small group of elderly Peeping Toms through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. Crudely documented by the participants themselves, we follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of which have never been seen before. Read More »

Robert Breer – Fist Fight (1964)

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Breer’s extraordinary autobiographical film combines personal and family photos with intense colors, textures and geometric abstractions. Originally presented as part of Karlheinz Sotckhausen’s 1964 premiere of Originale. – Harvard Film Archive Read More »

Mary Ellen Bute – Finnegans Wake (1966)

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A half-forgotten, half-legendary pioneer in American abstract and animated filmmaking, Mary Ellen Bute, late in her career as an artist, created this adaptation of James Joyce, her only feature. In the transformation from Joyce’s polyglot prose to the necessarily concrete imagery of actors and sets, Passages discovers a truly oneiric film style, a weirdly post-New Wave rediscovery of Surrealism, and in her panoply of allusion – 1950s dance crazes, atomic weaponry, ICBMs, and television all make appearances – she finds a cinematic approximation of the novel’s nearly impenetrable vertically compressed structure. Read More »

Mani Kaul – Siddeshwari (1990)

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Summary from The Hindu:
On paper, Siddheshwari, like so many films commissioned by the Films Division, is a cine-profile, of the Hindustani singer Siddheshwari Devi. However, Kaul turns the genre inside out, and amalgamates literary, theatrical, musical and cinematic forms together to construct an experience of music, instead of simply presenting biographical details or passively documenting the singer’s artistry. The sprawling film blends multiple timelines, realities and geographies to sketch a unique portrait of the artist. Read More »

Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Quei loro incontri AKA These Encounters of Theirs (2006)

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These Encounters of Theirs (AKA Quei loro incontri) marks French filmmaker Jean-Marie Straub’s final cinematic collaboration with his wife, the late Daniele Huillet. The picture stages a series of five onscreen dialogues between Greek gods about mankind’s relationship to the deities (and vice-versa), written by the Communist philosopher Cesare Pavese in “mock classical” language and recited on camera by such amateur Italian actors as Angela Nugara, Vittorio Vigneri, Grazia Orsi, Romano Guelfi, Angela Durantini and Enrico Achilli/ Straub and Huillet stage the dialogues in lush, rural, sunny outdoor environs. The characters include such mythical immortals as Iacchus, Metate and Gaia and such mortals as the poet Hesiod. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi Read More »

Malena Szlam – Altiplano (2018)

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Malena Szlam’s magnificent follow-up to Lunar Almanac employs superimpositions and other effects to recast the lakes, salt flats, and volcanic deserts of Northern Chile and Northwest Argentina as psychedelic, otherworldly landscapes. Read More »