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Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti, etc.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 321
Date: 03/18/2013
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Avant-Garde 3: Experimental Cinema 1922-1954 (2009)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Painting with Light

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Kino has released another two-disc set of avant-garde and experimental films, and unless you're a fan of these kinds of films, the results are interesting, if not particularly exciting. There's a 46-minute "feature" by Alberto Cavalcanti, who is best known as one of the four directors on the great anthology horror film Dead of Night (1945); it's a meditation on the city of Paris over one day. The Tell-Tale Heart (1928) -- based on Edgar Allan Poe's story -- isn't bad, though it's slow and not as daring as something like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The other interesting item is a clip from the experimental horror film Dementia (1955), which Kino has already released in its entirely on a separate DVD. Each film comes with explanatory notes. The following is a complete list of films:

DISC ONE

  • DANSE MACABRE
    US 1922 Color Tinted 6 Min.
    Dir: Dudley Murphy
  • RIEN QUE LES HEURES
    (Nothing But Time)
    US 1926 B&W 46 Min.
    Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti
    Music by Larry Marotta
  • THE TELL-TALE HEART
    US 1928 B&W 20 Min.
    Dir: Charles F. Klein
    Music by Sue Harshe
  • TARANTELLA
    US 1940 Color 4 Min.
    Dir: Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth
  • TOMATOS ANOTHER DAY
    US 1930 B&W 7 Min.
    Dir: James Sibley Watson
  • THE UNCOMFORTABLE MAN
    US 1948 B&W 23 Min.
    Intentionally silent
    Dir: Kent Munson, Theodore Huff
    The above films are from the collection of the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department
  • THE PETRIFIED DOG
    US 1948 B&W 18 Min.
    Dir: Sidney Peterson
  • THE LEAD SHOES
    US 1949 B&W 16 Min.
    Dir: Sidney Peterson
  • FOUR IN THE AFTERNOON
    US 1951 B&W 14 Min.
    Dir: James Broughton

DISC TWO

  • PLAGUE SUMMER
    US 1951 B&W 15 Min.
    Dir: Chester Kessler
  • LA MORT DU CERF
    (The Death of a Stag)
    France 1951 B&W 12 Min.
    Dir: Dimitri Kirsanoff
  • IMAGE IN THE SNOW
    US 1952 B&W 26 Min.
    Dir: Willard Maas
  • CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT
    France 1952 Color 3 Min.
    Dir: John Whitney
  • THE VOICES
    US 1953 B&W 14 Min.
    Dir: John E. Schmitz
  • CLOSED VISION
    US 1954 B&W 65 Min.
    Dir: Marc'O

BONUS FILMS

  • TOMATOS ANOTHER DAY (outtakes)
    US 1930 B&W 5 Min. Dir: James Sibley Watson
  • EPISODES IN THE LIFE OF A GIN BOTTLE
    US 1925 B&W 11 Min. Dir: Bela von Block
    Music by Paul Mercer, Bruce Bennett and Davis Petterson
  • SCHICHLEGRUBER DOING THE LAMBETH WALK
    UK 1941 B&W 2 Min. Dir: Charles A. Ridley
  • DEMENTIA (excerpt)
    US 1955 B&W 5 Min. Dir: John Parker
  • FALLING PINK
    US circa late 1950s Color 9 Min. Dir: Robert H. Spring
    Music by Paul Mercer and Bruce Bennett

 

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