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I've been jotting down the cited films I haven't seen for possible investigation...I'm up to 343 films!

As far as I can tell, NONE of the below films have IMDb pages. Correct?

I've added a certain number of films to ICM, though I can't recite which ones. The last one was the Fincher/Immigrant Song video.

Dragonfly (1988, Nobuhiro Aihara)
El ángel exterminador (Los Ingrávidos, 2020) 5 min
Orilla (Los Ingrávidos, 2019) 6 min
La región más transparente (Los Ingrávidos, 2019) 7 min
Emotions in Metal (Tommy Becker, 2019) 21 min
Origin of Hair (Carrie Hawks, 2019) 1 min
Sakura, Sakura (Ute Aurand, 2014) 2 min
This One Weird Trick (Joanie Wind, 2020) 7 min
Immaterial Los Angeles (Christopher McNamara, 2019) 8 min
Candy Shop (Patrick Smith, 2019) 3 min
I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin (Maryam Tafakory, 2018) 8 min
Realms (Benjamin Rinehardt, 2018) 8 min
Muybridge's Disobedient Horses (Anna Vasof, 2018) 5 min
E.R. (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 5 min
Feuerland ist abgebrannt (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 6 min
In Diep Hust (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 5 min
Interno Tautium (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 3 min
Onkelschrompel (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 7 min
Rudi Dörfert (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 14 min
Fisherman (Robert Todd, 1998), 6 min
Lightfall (Robert Todd, 2016) 15 min
Wait (Robert Todd, 2000) 7 min
Our Former Glory (Robert Todd, 2002)
Du regard comme objet (b) (Jakobois, 1976) 7 min
L'horrible tragédie (Jakobois, 1981) 21 min
Le tempestaire, enregistrement n°1 (Jacques Perconte, 2020)
Hortillonnages, amiens (Jacques Perconte, 2015) 27 min
Time Reversal Symmetry (Evann Siebens, 2018) 8 min
House and Universe (Antoinette Zwirchmayr, 2015) 4 min
Michel Journiac, quelques messages (Stéphane Marti, 1996) 12 min
Out of Reach (Lori Felker, 2015) 4 min
Miles (Yann Beauvais, 1983) 3 min
Narrows Inlet (David Rimmer, 1980) 8 min
Palimpsest Palindrome (1965-1975, Myron Ort) 7
Partage des eaux (2014, Jean-Claude Rousseau) 6
Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder (Fern Silva, 2017) (9 min)
S=13 (Nobuhiro Aihara, 1984) 5 min
:::-:: (6-4) (Ana Valdés, 2017) 2 min
Trasparenze (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 1998) 6 min
Velocity 40-70 (Johan van der Keuken, 25 min)
Wer immer hofft stirbt singend (2018, Alexander Kluge)
Work in Progress from Consolations (Love Is an Art of Time) (R. Bruce Elder, 1988) (23 min)
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Ebbywebby wrote: February 20th, 2021, 11:00 pm
insomnius wrote: February 18th, 2021, 3:47 pm -- Candy Shop (Patrick Smith, 2019) 3 min, 6/10
I only see "Gun Shop" (same director/year/runtime) on IMDb...are they two different films?
Yes, it's not listed. https://vimeo.com/blendfilms

I hope I don't cause you too much trouble with my non-imdb titles.
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If anyone's interested, there's a programme of Scottish experimental shorts streaming for free this weekend:

https://alchemyfilmandarts.org.uk/play/
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insomnius wrote: February 20th, 2021, 11:38 pm
Ebbywebby wrote: February 20th, 2021, 11:00 pm
insomnius wrote: February 18th, 2021, 3:47 pm -- Candy Shop (Patrick Smith, 2019) 3 min, 6/10
I only see "Gun Shop" (same director/year/runtime) on IMDb...are they two different films?
Yes, it's not listed. https://vimeo.com/blendfilms

I hope I don't cause you too much trouble with my non-imdb titles.
No, it's interesting to learn that stuff is "out there." Were all the films I listed from your own viewings? I didn't keep track.

You should take a look at the recent pages of what has been freshly added to ICM. I bet you'll find some things to check. I know I added a bunch of Starewicz, Werner Schroeter and Jean-Claude Rousseau.
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(Screenshots from 'The Second Journey (To Uluru)', 'Amalgam I-IV', 'Tabula Smaragdina', a mix from 'Spin' / 'Verso' / 'Contour', 'Dead Body Welcome', 'Albâtre' & 'Últimas ondas'),

The stone is black,
the stone is black as coal.
Shadows whisper stories,
stories of a time might not no longer exists
which reveal scars in landscapes.
You walk on the dead
you only see stones
everything can restart, again.
(in, Emmanuel Piton)

(The Cantrills, de Bruyn - Experimental Australia)

79. Harry Hooton (Arthur Cantrill & Corinne Cantrill, 1969) 8/10
80. The Second Journey (To Uluru) (Arthur Cantrill & Corinne Cantrill, 1981) 8/10
81. Experiments (Dirk de Bruyn, 1981) 9.5/10
*. Rote Movie (Dirk de Bruyn, 1994) 8/10 (11 min)

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*. Abbandono (Werner Nekes, 1970) 8/10 (32 min)
82. Amalgam I-IV (Werner Nekes, 1974) 9/10
83. Lagado (Werner Nekes, 1977) 7.5/10

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*. Zillertal (Jürgen Reble, 1991) 7/10 (10 min)
*. Ein bewährter Partner (A Proven Partner, Jürgen Reble, 1993) 7.5/10 (21 min)
84. Instabile Materie (Unstable Materials, Jürgen Reble, 1995) 9/10
*. Arktis - Zwischen Licht und Dunkel (Arktis - Between Light and Darkness, Jürgen Reble, 2004) 7.5/10 (30 min)
*. Zagreb Tram Station (Jürgen Reble, 2010) 6/10 (8 min)
85. Tabula Smaragdina (Jürgen Reble, 2010) 9/10
*. Das Schöpfwerk (Jürgen Reble, 2013) 7.5/10 (11 min)

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*. Spin (Hannes Schüpbach, 2001) 8/10 (12 min)
*. Verso (Hannes Schüpbach, 2008) 8/10 (13 min)
*. Contour (Hannes Schüpbach, 2011) 9/10 (16 min)

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(Dutch experiments)

86. Crepuscule (Victor Nieuwenhuijs & Maartje Seyferth, 2009) 7/10
87. Dead Body Welcome (Kees Brienen, 2013) 8/10

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88. Impressions (Jacques Perconte, 2012) 7.5/10
89. Albâtre (Jacques Perconte, 2018) 8/10

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*. Exposed (Emmanuel Piton, 2017) 8/10 (7 min)
*. Les petits outils (The Little Tools, Emmanuel Piton, 2018) 8/10 (11 min)
90. Últimas ondas (Last Waves, Emmanuel Piton, 2019) 8.5/10

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91-92. * A collection of shorts (Total: 182 min)

(Carrying over 22 min)

78 features, 72 shorts

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1. Les Situs heureux (Alain Montesse, 1970-78) 8.5/10
*. Bugey pour mémoire (Alain Montesse, 1971) 7/10 (7 min)
2. Dagboek (Diary, Johan van der Keuken, 1972) 9/10
3. De nieuwe ijstijd (The New Ice Age, Johan van der Keuken, 1974-79) 9/10
4. De tijd (Time, Johan van der Keuken, 1983) 8/10
*. She Is Away (R. Bruce Elder, 1976) 7.5/10 (13 min)
*. Permutations and Combinations (R. Bruce Elder, 1976) 7/10 (7 min)
*. Sweet Love Remembered (R. Bruce Elder, 1980) 7.5/10 (12 min)
*. 1857 (Fool's Gold) (R. Bruce Elder, 1981) 8.5/10 (25 min)
5. Lamentations a Monument for the Dead World (R. Bruce Elder, 1985) 9/10
*. Work in Progress from Consolations (Love Is an Art of Time) (R. Bruce Elder, 1988) 7/10 (23 min)
6. Et Resurrectus Est (R. Bruce Elder, 1994) 8.5/10
*. Liberté Provisoire (Teo Hernandez, 1977) 8.5/10 (23 min)
*. Corps Aboli (Teo Hernandez, 1978) 9/10 (16 min)
7. Cristaux (Teo Hernandez, 1978) 10/10
*. Tables d'hiver (Teo Hernandez, 1979) 9/10 (29 min)
8. Lacrima Christi (Teo Hernandez, 1980) 9.5/10
*. Gong (Teo Hernandez, 1981) 9.5/10 (39 min)
*. Sacré-Coeur (Teo Hernandez, 1983) 8/10 (17 min)
*. Pas de ciel (Teo Hernandez, 1987) 8.5/10 (29 min)
9. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (Boris Lehman, 1978) 8.5/10
10. Couple, regards, positions (Boris Lehman & Nadine Wandel, 1983) 8/10
11. À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Looking for My Birthplace, Boris Lehman, 1990) 8/10
12. Compilation, 12 instants d'amour non partagé (Compilation, 12 Moments of Unshared Love, Frank Beauvais, 2007) 7.5/10
13. Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle (Just Don't Think I'll Scream, Frank Beauvais, 2019) 8/10
14-16. * (A collection of shorts) (Total: 240 min)
17. Deathstyles (Richard Myers, 1971) 9/10
*. Zocalo (Richard Myers, 1972) 10/10 (15 min)
18. Floor Show (Richard Myers, 1978) 9/10
19. Jungle Girl (Richard Myers, 1984) 8/10
*. Okeanos (Myron Ort, 1972) 8/10 (33 min)
20. Old Redwood Series (Myron Ort, 1979) 10/10
21. Mouches Volantes (Larry Gottheim, 1976) 9/10
*. Mnemosyne, Mother of Muses (Larry Gottheim, 1987) 8/10 (16 min)
22. Medea (Frans Zwartjes, 1982) 9/10
23. Antigone/Rites of Passion (Amy Greenfield, 1990) 9.5/10
*. Kramasha (To Be Continued, Amit Dutta, 2007) 8/10 (22 min)
24. Sonchidi (The Golden Bird, Amit Dutta, 2011) 7/10
25. Saatvin Sair (The Seventh Walk, Amit Dutta, 2013) 9/10
*. Chitrashala (House of Paintings, Amit Dutta, 2015) 9/10 (20 min)
26. Agyat Shilpi (The Unknown Craftsman, Amit Dutta, 2017) 8.5/10
*. Ka (Who?, Amit Dutta, 2019) 7/10 (16 min)
*. Drawn from Dreams (Amit Dutta, 2019) 7/10 (7 min)
27. Poomaram (A Flowering Tree, Vipin Vijay, 2007) 7/10
28. Chitra Sutram (The Image Threads, Vipin Vijay, 2011) 8.5/10
29. Kalkimanthankatha (The Churning of Kalki, Ashish Avikunthak, 2015) 9.5/10
30. Aapothkalin Trikalika (The Kali of Emergency, Ashish Avikunthak, 2016) 8.5/10
*. Sakhisona (Prantik Narayan Basu, 2017) 8/10 (26 min)
*. Rang Mahal (Palace of Colours, Prantik Narayan Basu, 2019) 8/10 (26 min)
31-32. * A collection of shorts (Total: 181 min) (carrying over 21 minutes)
*. Pour vos beaux yeux (For Your Beautiful Eyes, Henri Storck, 1929) 7.5/10 (RV) (7 min)
*. Idylle à la plage (Romance on the Beach, Henri Storck, 1931) 9/10 (23 min)
33. Un joli petit coin (Not a Bad Little Place, Patrick Van Antwerpen, 1980) 8/10
34. Nicht mehr fliehen (No More Fleeing, Herbert Vesely, 1955) 8/10
*. Genesis (Herbert Holba, 1964) 8/10 (22 min)
*. Flipper (Herbert Holba, 1968) 6.5/10 (5 min)
*. Der Tod des Dr. Antonio durch die Renaissance der geistigen Gesellschaft (Antonis Lepeniotis, 1968) 8/10 (6 min)
35. Kureiji Rabu (Crazy Love, Michio Okabe, 1968) 9/10
36. Tarch Trip (Hiroyuki Oki, 1994) 8.5/10
37. Kokoro no naka (Inside the Mind, Hiroyuki Oki, 1997) 8.5/10
*. Habakiri Tenshi (Angel in the Toilet, Kôichi Imaizumi, 1999) 7/10 (32 min)
38. Sagrada Família (Sacred Family, Sylvio Lanna, 1970) 9/10
39. O Lobisomem (The Werewolf, Elyseu Visconti, 1974) 8/10
40. Assuntina das Amérikas (A$$untina of the Amerikas, Luiz Rosemberg Filho, 1976) 8.5/10
41. Ex isto (Cao Guimarães, 2010-16) 9/10
42. Amor Louco/Crazy Love (Júlio Bressane, 1971) 8/10
43. Educação Sentimental (Sentimental Education, Júlio Bressane, 2013) 9/10
44. Sedução da Carne (Seduction of the Flesh, Júlio Bressane, 2018) 7/10
45. A Marca do Terrir (Ivan Cardoso, 2005) 8/10
46. O Bacanal do Diabo e Outras Fitas Proibidas de Ivan Cardoso (Orgy of the Devil and Other Forbidden Tapes of Ivan Cardoso, Ivan Cardoso, 2013) 7.5/10
*. O Colírio do Corman Me Deixou Doido Demais (Corman's Eyedrops Got Me Too Crazy, Ivan Cardoso, 2020) 8.5/10 (18 min)
*. House and Universe (Antoinette Zwirchmayr, 2015) 7/10 (4 min)
*. Venus Delta (Antoinette Zwirchmayr, 2016) 7.5/10 (4 min)
*. Keep That Dream Burning (Rainer Kohlberger, 2017) 7.5/10 (8 min)
*. There must be some kind of way out of here (Rainer Kohlberger, 2020) 7.5/10 (13 min)
47-48. * A collection of shorts (21 + 142) (Total: 163 min)
*. Himmel hoch (Werner Schroeter, 1968) 8/10 (11 min)
*. La morte d'Isotta (Werner Schroeter, 1968) 7.5/10 (37 min)
*. Mona Lisa (Werner Schroeter, 1968) 6.5/10 (32 min)
49. Salome (Werner Schroeter, 1971) 8.5/10
*. Johannas Traum (Johannas Dream, Werner Schroeter, 1975) 9/10 (21 min)
50. Weiße Reise (White Journey, Werner Schroeter, 1980) 8/10
51. Nostos I (Thierry Kuntzel, 1975) 8.5/10
*. Time Smoking a Picture (Thierry Kuntzel, 1980) 9.5/10 (38 min)
52. Provincetown Pieces (Joseph Bernard, 1979) 9.5/10
*. Variant Chants (Joseph Bernard, 1983) 8.5/10 (16 min)
53. Charmed Particles (Andrew Noren, 1979) 8.5/10
*. Imaginary Light (Andrew Noren, 1994) 9/10 (34 min)
*. Az Iz (Betzy Bromberg, 1983) 8/10 (34 min)
54. A Darkness Swallowed (Betzy Bromberg, 2006) 8.5/10
55. Twee (Two, Gert de Graaff, 1986) 9/10
56. De zee die denkt (The Sea That Thinks, Gert de Graaff, 2000) 8/10
57. Still/Here (Christopher Harris, 2001) 9/10
*. Reckless Eyeballing (Christopher Harris, 2004) 7/10 (14 min)
58. Desaparadiso (Khavn, 2015) 7.5/10
59. Santikhiri Sonata (Thunska Pansittivorakul, 2019) 8/10
60-62. * (A Collection of shorts (3 + 237) (Total: 240 min)
*. Graphyty (Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, 1968) 8.5/10 (22 min)
63. Dérive 'Le naufrage de Vénus' (Yvan Lagrange, 1974) 8/10
64. Mélodrame (Melodrama, Jean-Louis Jorge, 1976) 8/10
65. Double Labyrinthe (Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, 1976) 8/10
*. Dansité (Jean-Paul Dupuis, 1978) 9/10 (11 min)
*. Angle (Michel Nedjar, 1978) 7/10 (16 min)
*. Allegoria (Stéphane Marti, 1979) 7/10 (14 min)
*. Grenouilles (Frogs, Adolfo Arrieta, 1983) 7.5/10 (35 min)
66. La présence réelle (The Real Presence, Raúl Ruiz, 1984) 8.5/10
*. Actus (Alain Mazars, 1984) 7.5/10 (27 min)
*. Passage du désir (Jakobois, 1988) 7.5/10 (11 min)
*. Nuptiae (James Broughton, 1971) 7.5/10 (14 min)
*. Testament (James Broughton, 1974) 7.5/10 (20 min)
*. Hermes Bird (James Broughton, 1979) 7/10 (10 min)
*. Devotions (James Broughton & Joel Singer, 1983) 8/10 (22 min)
*. Ô Sidarta (Michel Jakar & Philippe Druillet, 1974) 7/10 (11 min)
*. Irkutz 88 (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 2005) 8/10 (22 min)
67. Lucifer (Gust Van den Berghe, 2014) 8/10
68. Operneïa (Claudine Eizykman, 1980) 8.5/10
69. Lapse (Claudine Eizykman, 1981) 10/10
70. Am Rand der Finsternis (At the Edge of Darkness, Klaus Wyborny, 1985) 9.5/10
71. Gnade und Dinge: 11 Stücke auf Film (Grace, Things, Klaus Wyborny, 1985) 9.5/10
72. Verlassen; Verloren; Einsam, Kalt (Abandoned; Lost; Lonely, Cold, Klaus Wyborny, 1992) 10/10
73. Aus dem Zeitalter des Übermuts (Dichtung und Wahrheit) (From the Age of Recklessness, Klaus Wyborny, 1994) 9/10
74. Eine Andere Welt (Another World, Klaus Wyborny, 2004) 9/10
*. Tender Feet (Fern Silva, 2013) 7/10 (11 min)
*. Wayward Fronds (Fern Silva, 2015) 8/10 (13 min)
*. Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder (Fern Silva, 2017) 6.5/10 (9 min)
*. The Watchmen (Fern Silva, 2017) 8/10 (10 min)
*. Wolkenschatten (Cloud Shadows, Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, 2014) 8/10 (17 min)
*. Comfort Stations (Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, 2018) 8.5/10 (26 min)
75-78. * A collection of shorts (Total: 321 min)
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jdidaco, are you on ICM under a different handle?
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Ebbywebby wrote: February 21st, 2021, 12:58 am jdidaco, are you on ICM under a different handle?
I'm not on the other side, Ebbywebby, just here... :D
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Challenge as a Subversive Art
1. Blue (1993)
2. Limite (1931)
3. Heart of a Dog (2015)
4. Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012)
5. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
6. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969)
7. Anticipation of the Night (1958)
8. Up Your Legs Forever (1971)
9. Rameau's Nephew (1974)
10. The Green Fog (2017)
11. Film Portrait (1972)
12. Vlees / Meat (2010)
13. Tetsuo. (1989)
14. 11 x 14 (1977)
15. RR (2007)
16. Ruhr (2009)
17. O'er the Land (2009)

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Opening with a quote from a war veteran dismissing heroism before cutting to a Civil War reenactment with spectators, this anti-narrative movie from Deborah Stratman gets off to a fascinating start. As Stratman cuts to a sports stadium with fans similarly watching in awe, she draws a curious parallel between sport and war and how those involved also attract admiration. After this point though, the film quickly becomes more random and less focused.
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Challenge as a Subversive Art
1. Blue (1993)
2. Limite (1931)
3. Heart of a Dog (2015)
4. Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012)
5. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
6. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969)
7. Anticipation of the Night (1958)
8. Up Your Legs Forever (1971)
9. Rameau's Nephew (1974)
10. The Green Fog (2017)
11. Film Portrait (1972)
12. Vlees / Meat (2010)
13. Tetsuo. (1989)
14. 11 x 14 (1977)
15. RR (2007)
16. Ruhr (2009)
17. O'er the Land (2009)
18. British Sounds (1970)

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Much of this film comes with historical events recounted by an adult and then repeated by a child who struggles so much to repeat everything that he does not seem to comprehend it - something that one might interpret as symbolic. For a politically charged film though, the project is actually more interesting when focused on the "struggle between images and sounds" with lots of wordplay as per Godard norm, including days of the week written with dollar signs.
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5. Misery Loves Company (Brown, 1993) 3/5
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The mix of narration/abstraction is unsatisfying. You can't fully apprehend a meaningful narrative despite the film continuing to sketch one throughout. The enjoyment of the artistic expression is also disturbed by the inclusion of non-abstract elements. Furthermore the audio/image combination is (often) quite underwhelming. Either the soundtrack is irksome, or unrelated or it simply cleaves your attention between the two fundamental elements. I did appreciate Brown's alchemy and he certainly creates wondrous images, but the magic is only allowed the flourish for brief moments.
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*. München-Berlin Wanderung (1927) 3/5
*. Seelische Konstruktionen (1927) 2/5
*. Wachsexperimente (1927) 4/5
*. Studie Nr. 6 (1930) 3/5
*. Studie Nr. 7 (1931) 2/5
*. Kreise (1933) 2/5
*. Allegretto (1936) 2/5
*. An Optical Poem (1937) 4+/5
*. Color Rhythm (1942) 3/5
*. Motion Painting No. 1 (1947) 4/5
2. Film Portrait (Hill, 1972) 3/5
3. Ménilmontant (Kirsanoff, 1926) 4+/5
*. Brumes d'automne (Kirsanoff, 1929) 4/5
4. Rose Lowder
*. Roulement, rouerie, aubage (1978) 2/5
*. Les tournesols (1982) 2/5
*. Impromptu (1989) 2/5
*. Quiproquo (1992) 3/5
*. Bouquets 1-10 (1995) 4+/5
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Amit Dutta film festival with 15 of his films streaming for free for a week, 20 Feb to 27 Feb 2021:

https://www.knma.in/an_auteurs_palette_amitdutta
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20. Interiors of the Liquid Gap (Josh Weissbach, 2009) 7/10

-- The Remains of Seventeen Artefacted Flares (Josh Weissbach, 2011) 7 min, 8/10
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-- Sights no. One Thru Three (Josh Weissbach, 2013) 7 min, 6/10
-- Der Trip (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 6 min, 7/10
-- EIS (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 6 min, 7/10
-- Das Atem des Schafes (Lutz Mommartz, 1970) 9 min, 7/10
-- Burrellesque (Lesley Keen, 1990) 7 min, 6/10
-- Points of Departure (Alia Syed, 2014) 17 min, 8/10
-- Fair Creature (Mandy McIntosh, 2004) 16 min, 7/10
-- Ethnoresidue (Jasleen Kaur, 2020) 20 min, 3/10
-- Cityscape (Michael Snow, 2019) 8 min, 6/10
-- Variations on a Theme by Michael Snow (Stephen Broomer, 2015) 8 min, 5/10

-- The Unpainted Woman (Kathy Rose, 2016) 4 min, 7/10
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-- The Realm of Nothingness (Kathy Rose, 2014) 6 min, 7/10

21. Harry Hooton (Arthur Cantrill, Corinne Cantrill, 1969) 8/10
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-- Street Twenty-Seven Number Ten Sixteen (Josh Weissbach, 2015) 3 min, 7/10





Count: 21 features, 99 shorts (1066 min/80 = 13.3)
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I'm an inconsistent rater, so consider the ratings as approximates.

1. Pays barbare / Babaric Land (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 2013) 7/10
2. Junge Kiefern / Young Pines (Ute Aurand, 2011) 8/10
3. Nebel / Fog (Nicole Vögele, 2014) 7/10
4. Circumstantial Pleasures (Lewis Klahr, 2020) 10/10
5. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (Boris Lehman, 1978) 7/10
6. Likt vinden far min längtan (Nina Hedenius, 1988) 8/10
7. The Last Buffalo Hunt (Lee Anne Schmitt, 2011) 7/10
8. Materia Obscura (Jürgen Reble, 2009) 7/10
9. Either or Neither (Daniel Barnett, 2021) 9/10
10. Science Without Substance (Daniel Barnett, 2019) 8/10
11. 2084 (Klaus Wyborny, 1982) 3/10
12. Hommage an Ludwig van Beethoven (Klaus Wyborny, 2006) 7/10
13. The Hart of London (Jack Chambers, 1970) Rewatch, 9/10
14. Video Blues (Emma Tusell, 2019) 8/10
15. Where the Chocolate Mountains (Pat O'Neill, 2015) 9/10
16. L. Cohen (James Benning, 2018) 7/10
17. From 60° North (William Raban, Begonia Tamarit, 1991) 7/10
18. Back Against the Wall (James Fotopoulos, 2002) 8/10
19. Blackbird Descending - Tense Alignment (Malcolm le Grice, 1977) 8/10
20. Interiors of the Liquid Gap (Josh Weissbach, 2009) 7/10
21. Harry Hooton (Arthur Cantrill, Corinne Cantrill, 1969) 8/10


Shorts (I'll add these to the tally when I'm done)
-- We Are Going Home (Jennifer Reeves, 1998) 10 min, 5/10
-- Rudi Dörfert (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 14 min, 5/10
-- In Diep Hust (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 5 min, 6/10
-- Weltenempfänger (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 5 min, 8/10
-- Fiddle-de-dee (Norman McLaren, 1947) 3 min, 8/10
-- Hortillonnages, amiens (Jacques Perconte, 2015) 27 min, 7/10
-- Le tempestaire, enregistrement n°1 (Jacques Perconte, 2020) 12 min, 8/10
-- Parties visible et invisible d'un ensemble sous tension (Emmanuel Lefrant, 2009) 7 min, 10/10
-- Pastourelle (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2010) 16 min, 9/10
-- Printtemps (Jacques Perconte, 2020) 7 min, 8/10
-- Feuerland ist abgebrannt (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 6 min, 5/10
-- Interno Tautium (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 3 min, 5/10
-- Death of a Marriage (Barbara Hammer, 1969) 3 min, 6/10
-- Black-Room Révélée (Michel Nedjar, 2004) 16 min, 7/10
-- Trois gouttes de mezcal dans une coupe de champagne (Teo Hernandez, 1983) 16 min, 6/10
-- Fragments de l'ange (Teo Hernandez, 1984) 18 min, 6/10
-- L'horrible tragédie (Jakobois, 1981) 21 min, 5/10
-- Du regard comme objet (b) (Jakobois, 1976) 7 min, 6/10
-- Miles (Yann Beauvais, 1983) 3 min, 5/10
-- Michel Journiac, quelques messages (Stéphane Marti, 1996) 12 min, 4/10
-- Site Visit (Maïa Cybelle Carpenter, 1998) 9 min, 8/10
-- Trasparenze (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 1998) 6 min, 7/10
-- Shutter (Takahiko Iimura, 1971) 30 min, 10/10
-- Life After Love (Zachary Epcar, 2018) 8 min, 7/10
-- He Who Eats Children (Ben Russell, 2016) 26 min, 6/10
-- Film numéro deux (Christian Lebrat, 1976) 4 min, 7/10
-- Lightfall (Robert Todd, 2016) 15 min, 6/10
-- Evergreen (Robert Todd, 2005) 16 min, 7/10
-- Speak (Robert Todd, 1997) 7 min, 8/10
-- Fisherman (Robert Todd, 1998) Rewatch, 6 min, 7/10
-- Fable (Robert Todd, 1999) 15 min, 8/10
-- Couleurs délicieuses sur fond bleu (Christian Lebrat, 1976) 8 min, 7/10
-- Organisation I (Christian Lebrat, 1977) 5 min, 7/10
-- Wait (Robert Todd, 2000) 7 min, 7/10
-- Clip (Robert Todd, 2001) 3 min, 8/10
-- Dionysius (Charles Boultenhouse, 1963) 26 min, 8/10
-- Our Former Glory (Robert Todd, 2002) 9 min, 6/10
-- Trauma Victim (Robert Todd, 2002) 17 min, 8/10
-- Liminal Minimal (Christian Lebrat, 1977) 18 min, 8/10
-- Sydney Harbour Bridge (Paul Winkler, 1977) 13 min, 7/10
-- Narrows Inlet (David Rimmer, 1980) 8 min, 4/10
-- S=13 (Nobuhiro Aihara, 1984) 5 min, 7/10
-- Scènes de la vie française: La Ciotat (Rose Lowder, 1986) 31 min, 6/10
-- Oomagatoki (Nobuhiro Aihara, 1985) 4 min, 7/10
-- Réseaux (Christian Lebrat, 1978) 8 min, 7/10
-- Time Reversal Symmetry (Evann Siebens, 2018) 8 min, 5/10
-- Warning Triangle (Virgil Widrich, 2011) 6 min, 7/10
-- Trama (Christian Lebrat, 1980) 10 min, 7/10
-- Rodamorfosis (Alain Mazars, 1984) 21 min, 8/10
-- La méduse (Yvan Lagrange, 1988) 21 min, 7/10
-- Zwei Basiliken (Heinz Emigholz, 2018) 35 min, 7/10
-- Actus (Alain Mazars, 1984) 27 min, 7/10
-- Something to Touch That Is Not Corruption or Ashes or Dust (Mike Stoltz, 2020) 7 min, 5/10
-- Blue (Laura Magnusson, 2019) 12 min, 6/10
-- A Tiny Place That is Hard to Touch (Shelly Silver, 2019) 39 min, 8/10
-- Wind (Dana Sink, 2019) 2 min, 4/10
-- :::-:: (6-4) (Ana Valdés, 2017) 2 min, 5/10
-- Umbilical Cord to Heaven (Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, 2019) 13 min, 8/10
-- Primary Stimulus (Robert Russett, 1977-80) 8 min, 10/10
-- Onkelschrompel (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 7 min, 7/10
-- E.R. (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 5 min, 7/10
-- Autoportrait au dispositif (Christian Lebrat, 1981) 9 min, 8/10
-- Holon (Christian Lebrat, 1982) 13 min, 8/10
-- Le moteur de l'action (A.M.D) (Christian Lebrat, 1985) 8 min, 5/10
-- Shot Film (Greg Pope, 2009) 4 min, 8/10
-- Out of Reach (Lori Felker, 2015) 4 min, 5/10
-- Not and Or (Simon Payne, 2014) 18 min, 7/10
-- Eat (Vivian Ostrovsky, 1988) 14 min, 4/10
-- Sakura, Sakura (Ute Aurand, 2014) 2 min, 6/10
-- Ginza Strip (Richard Tuohy, 2014) 9 min, 6/10
-- El ángel exterminador (Los Ingrávidos, 2020) 5 min, 6/10
-- Orilla (Los Ingrávidos, 2019) 6 min, 7/10
-- La región más transparente (Los Ingrávidos, 2019) 7 min, 7/10
-- The Sun Quartet, Part 3: Conflagration (Los Ingrávidos, 2017) 16 min, 8/10
-- Candy Shop (Patrick Smith, 2019) 3 min, 6/10
-- Varvara / Barbara (Valeriy Pereverzev, 2019) 14 min, 3/10
-- This One Weird Trick (Joanie Wind, 2020) 7 min, 4/10
-- Muybridge's Disobedient Horses (Anna Vasof, 2018) 5 min, 5/10
-- Immaterial Los Angeles (Christopher McNamara, 2019) 8 min, 5/10
-- Queering di Teknolojik (Timothy Smith, 2019) 9 min, 5/10
-- Realms (Benjamin Rinehardt, 2018) 8 min, 8/10
-- Origin of Hair (Carrie Hawks, 2019) 1 min, 4/10
-- Vertigo A.I. (Chris Peters, 2020) 5 min, 7/10
-- I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin (Maryam Tafakory, 2018) 8 min, 6/10
-- Emotions in Metal (Tommy Becker, 2019) 21 min, 6/10
-- The Remains of Seventeen Artefacted Flares (Josh Weissbach, 2011) 7 min, 8/10
-- Sights no. One Thru Three (Josh Weissbach, 2013) 7 min, 6/10
-- Der Trip (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 6 min, 7/10
-- EIS (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 6 min, 7/10
-- Das Atem des Schafes (Lutz Mommartz, 1970) 9 min, 7/10
-- Burrellesque (Lesley Keen, 1990) 7 min, 6/10
-- Points of Departure (Alia Syed, 2014) 17 min, 8/10
-- Fair Creature (Mandy McIntosh, 2004) 16 min, 7/10
-- Ethnoresidue (Jasleen Kaur, 2020) 20 min, 3/10
-- Cityscape (Michael Snow, 2019) 8 min, 6/10
-- Variations on a Theme by Michael Snow (Stephen Broomer, 2015) 8 min, 5/10
-- The Unpainted Woman (Kathy Rose, 2016) 4 min, 7/10
-- The Realm of Nothingness (Kathy Rose, 2014) 6 min, 7/10
-- Street Twenty-Seven Number Ten Sixteen (Josh Weissbach, 2015) 3 min, 7/10
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Something's wrong with the coding of the rankings chart...do you see the glitchy row with klaus78's tallies above jdidaco's leading position?

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Perception de Ambiguity wrote: February 21st, 2021, 7:21 am Amit Dutta film festival with 15 of his films streaming for free for a week, 20 Feb to 27 Feb 2021:

https://www.knma.in/an_auteurs_palette_amitdutta
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Thanks Ebby, fixed.
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1.-5a. Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970
Manhatta (1921) [rewatch] 7/10
Ballet mécanique (1924) [rewatch] 8/10
Anémic cinéma (1926) 6/10
The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928) [rewatch] 6/10
Skyscraper Symphony (1929) 6/10
Mechanical Principles (1931) [rewatch] 8/10
A Bronx Morning (1931) 7/10
Poem 8 (1932) 5/10
An Optical Poem (1938) [rewatch] 7/10
Thimble Theater (1938) 5/10
Pursuit of Happiness (1940) 6/10
Tarantella (1940) 7/10
1941 (1941) 6/10
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) [rewatch] 8/10
Meditation on Violence (1949) 6/10
In the Street (1948) [rewatch] 6/10
Four in the Afternoon (1951) 6/10
Abstronic (1952) 7/10
Bells of Atlantis (1952) 8/10
Eaux d'artifice (1953) [rewatch] 8/10
Evolution (1954) 7/10
Gyromorphosis (1954) 7/10
Hurry Hurry (1957) 5/10
N.Y., N.Y. (1957) [rewatch] 7/10
Castro Street (1966) [rewatch] 7/10
9 Variations on a Dance Theme (1966) 7/10
The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter (1968) 5/10
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969) 6/10
Love It, Leave It (1973) 7/10
DL2: Disintegration Line #2 (1970) 7/10
Transport (1970) 4/10
Sappho and Jerry, Parts 1-3 (1978) 6/10
Ch'an (1983) 6/10
Seasons... (2002) 7/10
5b.-10. By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume Two
The Wonder Ring (1955) 6/10
The Dead (1960) 7/10
Two: Creeley/McClure (1965) 6/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967) 7/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978) 7/10
Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1 (1969) 8/10
The Machine of Eden (1970) 8/10
Star Garden (1974) 6/10
Desert (1976) 8/10
The Process (1972) 7/10
Burial Path (1978) 6/10
Duplicity III (1980) 6/10
The Domain of the Moment (1977) 6/10
Murder Psalm (1980) 6/10
Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #1 (1989) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) 6/10
Visions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (1990) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #4: D.H. Lawrence (1990) 7/10
Unconscious London Strata (1981) 7/10
Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992) 8/10
The Mammals of Victoria (1994) 6/10
First Hymn to the Night - Novalis (1994) 7/10
I Take These Truths (1994) 7/10
The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (1997) 7/10
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997) 7/10
...Reel Five (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #1 (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #2 (1999) 7/10
Persian Series #3 (1999) 7/10
Chinese Series (2003) 6/10
11.-13. A Hollis Frampton Odyssey
Manual of Arms (1966) 6/10
Process Red (1966) 6/10
Maxwell's Demon (1968) 6/10
Surface Tension (1968) 6/10
Carrots & Peas (1969) 4/10
Lemon (1969) 5/10
Zorns Lemma (1970) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass (1971) 3/10
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977) 6/10
Pan 0-4, 697-700 (1974) 5/10
Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0 (1976) 6/10
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I (1975) 4/10
Winter Solstice (1974) 6/10
Gloria! (1979) 4/10
14. <---> (1969) 5/10
15. Wavelength (1967) [rewatch] 6/10
16. *Corpus Callosum (2002) 4/10
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For Science!
1. The Five Obstructions (2003)
2. From the East (1993)
3. Termite Gumbo (2020)
4. Portrait of Jason (1967)

Jason. And interview with Jason. It's pretty casual up front, with only him on screen telling stories about his life and experiences as a gay Black man in the 1960s and before. But with the aid of a little social lubricant, he starts opening up more and more, discussing casual racism he deals with regularly, how he has to be extremely careful about who he comes out to for fear of being arrested, etc. It's profoundly sad and an insight into an era. Included because it's listed in an avante garde book.
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༡༦ Eros and Wonder (2003, R. Bruce Elder) 6
In the dystopian future of yesteryear R. Bruce Elder's usual attacks on the senses with profound insights have (d)evolved into a jumble of distorted obscurantism, exhibiting a love and fascination for all things that at one point were alive and important to a now crumbled civilization. "Too much to take everything in at the same time" has turned into "too obfuscated and unreadable to take in anything coherent at any time".

At once a message put together by one of future's ambassadors living in our age, and a scrambled radio transmission from the future, received by people in their dreams and machine recorded, embellished with subconscious creations of the sleepers, tainted by their moods, turning the once austere presentation of an infomercial into a cacophony of music and color.

For this is the time after, when the present has become prehistoric, and who better to concoct a message for future beings than one of our time's prime philosophers, a light show of mumbo jumbo, neither analog nor digital, to be understood only by the post-human, for them to cherish it as their glorious past obscured by thick layers of everything that obscures, myths for a new age.

The "Antichrist Superstar" vibe is strong with this one, most of all in the synthesizer voices that are intelligible at some times more than they are at others, but also in its enigmatic noisy somethings of visuals that supposedly depict solid shapes, before they became relics, before they became fading memories, one day to be solid again, like a cycle in which the future appears to us as traces of decaying matter. Or maybe all these things are just properties of this rip that might have been a VHS recording, and at a proper screening the film would be perfectly decipherable and it wouldn't so much seem anymore like a prophecy that the Disintegrator spewed into this world.

"When you are suffering, know that I have betrayed you."

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༡༧ Nietzsche Sils Maria Rochedo de Surlej (2019, Júlio Bressane & Rosa Dias & Rodrigo Lima) 6+
Let's take the scenic route, honey! Treading in the footsteps of "Zarathustra" along dope Swiss mountain paths. Tourist video of a Brazilian couple's pilgrimage (+friend) glorified to experimental film? Why, yes. And also a dance with the ghost of Nietzsche. Ein Film für alle und Keinen?

Info on Sils Maria:
https://www.welt.de/reise/nah/article14 ... htung.html
„Ich habe wundervoll geschlafen“, rühmte sich der Holländer, „in Nietzsches Bett“. Und dann zeigte er seine über den ganzen Körper verteilten, eintätowierten Nietzsche-Zitate.


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[7 min] とんぼ / Dragonfly (1988, Nobuhiro Aihara) (2nd viewing) 7-
Mating dance of nature's elusive vulva.

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[14 min] Thunder Perfect Mind (2004, Micaela O'Herlihy) 8-
Unlike other mini-autobiographies of magician whores Micaela O'Herlihy creates, as the paranormal videographer that she is, a film with the ominous yet jovial aura of a black magic ceremony and all the authoritative flair of a 1970 experimental film, with (I think) a mix of 16mm and 8mm and all kinds of hypnotic effects. Wouldn't feel out of place in 'Natural Born Killers'.

«Overseas I learned how to kill somebody 167 different ways with my bare hands. I said that's cool, I only know one, but when I shoot you'll be dead.»

[8 min] Frack (2015, Grayson Cooke) 6-
When rugged rock surfaces are stretched and made smooth like a sheet that dissolves in acid you are witnessing the alchemy of liquefying stone.

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[26 min] The Game of Shifting Mirrors (2020, Amit Dutta) 6-

[2 min] Claxplosion (1968, Pramod Pati) 6

[7 min] Explorer (1968, Pramod Pati) 9
It's exploring alright, exploring the shit out of everything. 1968, is there anything you can't do? (l)


puis et avant / then and before
I Ici et maintenant / Here and Now (1968, Serge Bard) 6-
II Perret in Frankreich und Algerien / Perret in France and Algeria (2012, Heinz Emigholz) 7
III Wheel of Ashes (1968, Peter Emmanuel Goldman) 8
IV Okeanos (painted) (1972-2008, Myron Ort) 7
V Bruine Squamma (1977, Claudine Eizykman) 6-
VI Closed Vision (Close Vision) (Sixty Minutes in the Interior Life of a Man) (English-sound version) (1954, Marc'O) 3
VII Jajouka, Quelque chose de bon vient vers toi / Jajouka, Something Good Comes to You (English-language version) (2012, Eric & Marc Hurtado) 6-
VIII The Unknown Craftsman (2017, Amit Dutta) 8
IX Mare's Tail (1968, David Larcher) 9-
X ചിത്രസൂത്രം / Image Threads / Chitra Sutram (Vipin Vijay, 2011) 9
XI Ms Slavic 7 (2019, Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell) 5
XII Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike - Marx/Eisenstein/Das Kapital (full version) (2008, Alexander Kluge) 9-
XIII Октябрь / October / Oktyabr (1927, Сергей Эйзенштейн/Sergei Eisenstein & Григорий Александров/Grigory Aleksandrov) 7
XIV Jour après jour / Day After Day (2006, un film de Jean-Daniel Pollet réalisé par Jean-Paul Fargier) 6
XV Le clair de terre / Earth Light (1970, Guy Gilles) (2nd viewing) 10 (from 9)
XVI Eros and Wonder (2003, R. Bruce Elder) 6
XVII Nietzsche Sils Maria Rochedo de Surlej (2019, Júlio Bressane & Rosa Dias & Rodrigo Lima) 6+

piecemeals awaiting their final count:
[18 min] Battements solaires (2008, Patrick Bokanowski) (2nd viewing) 7+ (from 6)
[9 min] Le canard à l'orange (2002, Patrick Bokanowski) (2nd viewing) 6-
[1 min] Television de chambre (1984, Patrick Bokanowski) 7-
[4 min] L'envol / Soar (2018, Patrick Bokanowski) 6
[6 min] Au bord du lac (1994, Patrick Bokanowski) (2nd viewing) 7 (from 3)
[12 min] Déjeuner du matin / Breakfast (1974, Patrick Bokanowski) (2nd+ viewing) 7
[18 min] La Femme qui se poudre / The Woman Who Powders Herself (1974, Patrick Bokanowski) (2nd+ viewing) 6
[4 min] Flammes (1998, Patrick Bokanowski) (2nd viewing) 7-
[5 min] Éclats d'Orphée (2002, Patrick Bokanowski) (2nd viewing) 3
[12 min] Wer immer hofft stirbt singend (2018, Alexander Kluge) 4+
[4 min] Palimpsest Palindrome (1965-1975, Myron Ort) 7
[37 min] Lost Book Found (1996, a film/video by Jem Cohen) 6+
[13 min] Lost and Found Films: ● Delay Exposure, ● EE Control, ● Vibration (1986 Summer, Toshio Matsumoto) 4
[17 min] The Plague Summer (1953, Chester Kessler) 3
[13 min] La mort du cerf / Une chasse à courre / Death of a Stag (1951, Dimitri Kirsanoff) 4-
[3 min] Celery Stalks at Midnight (1951, John Whitney Sr.) 6
[25 min] Y'a pas de fumée sans feu et en plus c'est vrai / No Smoke Without Fire and Anyway It's True (1996, Nathalie Magnan) 6-
[26 min] Image in the Snow (1952, A Film Poem by Willard Maas) 5-
[12 min] とてつもなく大きな / Totetsumonaku okina / Humongous! (2020, Aya Kawazoe) ?
[11 min] Square Inch Field (David Rimmer, 1968) 7+
[14 min] The Voices (1953, John Schmitz) 7
[2 min] "Schichlegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk" Assisted by the Gestapo "Hep-Cats" (1941, Charles Ridley) (rewatch)
[6 min] Danse macabre (1922, Dudley Murphy) (2nd viewing) 5+ (from 4)
[7 min] Parties visible et invisible d'un ensemble sous tension / The Visible and Invisible of a Body Under Tension (2009, Emmanuel Lefrant) 6
[10 min] Partage des eaux (2014, Jean-Claude Rousseau) 6
[30 min] The House of Science: A Museum of Fake News False Facts (1991, Lynne Sachs) 6
[9 min] Berliner Stilleben (1926/1931, László Moholy-Nagy) 6
[5 min] Weltenempfänger (1984, Schmelzdahin)
[5 min] Weltenempfänger (1984, Schmelzdahin) (2nd viewing) 6
[2 min] De occulta philosophia (1983, Gábor Bódy)
[2 min] De occulta philosophia (1983, Gábor Bódy) (2nd viewing) 5
[15 min] Poem 8 (1932, Emlen Etting) 7
[10 min] The Ambassadors (2018, Ben Rivers & Anocha Suwichakornpong) 3
[11 min] Migration (1969, David Rimmer) (2nd viewing) 7+
[6 min] Thimble Theater (1938-1968, Joseph Cornell, completed by Lawrence Jordan) 4
[17 min] In the Street (1948/52, James Agee & Helen Levitt & Janice Loeb) 6+
[8 min] Pursuit of Happiness (1940, Rudy Burckhardt) 5
[4 min] 1941 (1941, Francis Lee) 5
[30 min] Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033 (2018, Zach Blas) 6
[9 min] Bells of Atlantis (1952-53, Ian Hugo & Len Lye) (3rd viewing) 8
[12 min] とてつもなく大きな / Totetsumonaku okina / Humongous! (2020, Aya Kawazoe) (2nd viewing) 6
[3 min] Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability (2004, Sebastian Brameshuber & Thomas Draschan) (2nd viewing) 5+ (from 4)
[22 min] Rodamorfosis (1984, Alain Mazars) 8-
[12 min] Umbilical Cord to Heaven (2020, Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan) 5+
[30 min] Video Game (2006, Vipin Vijay) 6-
[10 min] Take Off (1972, Gunvor Nelson) 7+
[7 min] とんぼ / Dragonfly (1988, Nobuhiro Aihara) ?
[17 min] ...Absolyutno iz Nichego... / Absolutely from Nothing / Absolutely of Nothing (1997, Владимир Кобрин/Vladimir Kobrin) 6+
[3 min] Karen O & Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: Immigrant Song (2011, David Fincher) 6+
[8 min] The Fresh Lobster (1928, Billy Bletcher) 8
[7 min] とんぼ / Dragonfly (1988, Nobuhiro Aihara) (2nd viewing) 7-
[14 min] Thunder Perfect Mind (2004, Micaela O'Herlihy) 8-
[8 min] Frack (2015, Grayson Cooke) 6-
[26 min] The Game of Shifting Mirrors (2020, Amit Dutta) 6-
[2 min] Claxplosion (1968, Pramod Pati) 6
[7 min] Explorer (1968, Pramod Pati) 9
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Ebbywebby wrote: February 20th, 2021, 10:31 pm 1. The Catherine Wheel (1982, feature)...David Byrne/Twyla Tharp dance collaboration
2a. Solstice (1971, 35 min)...Walter Ungerer...enigmatic nonsense in a forest :)
2b. Il Caso Valdemar 1936 (12 min)...damn interesting horror short that's shockingly gory for its era
2c. La maison tranquille 1901 (2 min)...Melies
2d. Animation School Dropout 2015 (1 min)...utter trash
2e. Paris s'en va 1981 (30 min) -- Rivette outtakes from Le Pont du Nord
3. Hands Up! 1981...interesting Skolimowski film where he repackages material from a 1967 project that the government shut down
4. "Ici et Ailleurs" (1976)...political Godard. Not as unwatchable as some of his other films from the period. Officially 53 minutes.
5. "Three Crowns of a Sailor" 1983.
6a. "Sonne, Halt!" (1962)...a strange, jagged Austrian short that's essentially flashed scenes from a vacation in Italy? The subtitles seemed very rough and undercut my comprehension. I'm the ninth person to check it. Only 24 minutes, so it doesn't help my tally on its own.
6b. "The Color of Love" (1994)...only 10 minutes long, so I'm still working toward a set of shorts counting as one entry. If I understand the scoring system correctly. Peggy Ahwesh takes an old, rotting stag-reel clip of a homely threesome in bed, and aggressively treats it with color splotches and the like. Astor Piazzolla's instantly identifiable brand of tango music is added as score. The result is somewhere between Brakhage and Bill Morrison. The version I saw had such terrible resolution that it significantly impeded my enjoyment.
6c. "Threnody" (2004)...20 minutes. Nathaniel Dorsky. A meandering sequence of tight shots of various scenes, often involving flickering, wavering motion and mostly but not entirely set in nature. The film is 100% silent. I can't say that I really understand what Dorsky hopes to evoke.
6d. "Sonata for Pen, Brush and Ruler" (1968)...fun 10-minute short involving handpainting a negative a la Len Lye or Norman McLaren. It's on YouTube. I'm the second person to check this -- I only stumbled upon it because I was looking at a random ICM list and it was the only included film without a runtime (now it has one). I guess I'm still 16 minutes shy of another 80-minute set of shorts.
6e. "Alaya" (Nathaniel Dorsky, 1987). Twenty-eight minutes, so this puts me over the 80-minute threshold for a second set of shorts. I guess what's most sensible is to just add up the lengths at the end of the month and divide by 80. "Alaya" is a sequence of gentle little nature scenes with sand, gravel, grass, etc. being rustled by wind and water. Sometimes landscapes, sometimes in miniature. The online version may not be optimal, because some parts were essentially "black screen" and I'm not sure they were intended to be.
7. "My 20th Century" (1989). The story needed more focus, but I really enjoyed this for the most part. Recommended to Guy Maddin fans. I think this is a popular film among the forum crowd, so I probably don't need to say more.
8. "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972). Finally, my first Jonas Mekas feature. But it may be the last. Despite this being shorter than some of his other films, this was utter torture for me to get through. My ultimate film hell is a movie with steady narration, delivered by a voice with a hard-to-understand accent plus lo-fi sound that makes him/her even harder to understand.
9. "Kinetta" (2005). Early Yorgos Lanthimos. This one is a real chore, and its measly 4.8 IMDb rating serves as fair warning. Much of the film is essentially silent, following listless activities by three central characters. Two men and a woman. Gradually you realize the older character is sort of a policeman who recruits the other two to re-stage scenes of domestic violence for vague purposes of analysis? The woman is self-destructive...the "cop" likes BMW cars...the other man is a photographer...it doesn't add up to much. Just another example of Lanthimos's strange, detached-outsider take on humanity. I don't really understand what makes him tick.
10a. "Hamles" 1960 -- aka Little Hamlet (8min) -- Jerzy Skolimowski makes a fun, micro-version of "Hamlet," shot in the ruins of a derelict building somewhere. Essentially a silent film. I don't recall any dialogue...the soundtrack was all strange little piano bits and songs. It's on YouTube.
10b. "Orange" 1970 (3min)
10c. "La Paresse" 1986 (8min)
10d. "Man with Mirror" 1976/2009 (10min, silent) This was on IMDb but not ICM, so I had to import it. This is one of those "films" that's as much performance art as a film. It takes a few minutes to understand what's happening, but I THINK what's happening is that filmmaker Guy Sherwin shot himself in 1976 standing outdoors holding a large rectangular mirror. He slowly turns this way and that, so the camera captures the disorienting, changing angle of the mirror image. Then Sherwin shows the film in galleries, and projects it onto himself holding another mirror (or the same one, perhaps). And he randomly turns again. The piece gains more resonance as he has aged, because there's an added effect of seeing his aged, contemporary face strangely shifting into his young '70s appearance. (In the '70s, he looks like Ashton Kushner and now he looks like Kris Kristofferson. That's aging for you.) I saw two different performances shared online, so I watched both.

PS I don't think "Portrait of Jason" counts.
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Ebbywebby wrote: February 21st, 2021, 10:41 pm PS I don't think "Portrait of Jason" counts.
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Like I said before, this category is so muddy. If an interview with a gay Black man counts as "experimental filmmaking," then I guess I should add a few more titles to my list.
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Spoiler
1. The Catherine Wheel (1982, feature)...David Byrne/Twyla Tharp dance collaboration
2a. Solstice (1971, 35 min)...Walter Ungerer...enigmatic nonsense in a forest :)
2b. Il Caso Valdemar 1936 (12 min)...damn interesting horror short that's shockingly gory for its era
2c. La maison tranquille 1901 (2 min)...Melies
2d. Animation School Dropout 2015 (1 min)...utter trash
2e. Paris s'en va 1981 (30 min) -- Rivette outtakes from Le Pont du Nord
3. Hands Up! 1981...interesting Skolimowski film where he repackages material from a 1967 project that the government shut down
4. "Ici et Ailleurs" (1976)...political Godard. Not as unwatchable as some of his other films from the period. Officially 53 minutes.
5. "Three Crowns of a Sailor" 1983.
6a. "Sonne, Halt!" (1962)...a strange, jagged Austrian short that's essentially flashed scenes from a vacation in Italy? The subtitles seemed very rough and undercut my comprehension. I'm the ninth person to check it. Only 24 minutes, so it doesn't help my tally on its own.
6b. "The Color of Love" (1994)...only 10 minutes long, so I'm still working toward a set of shorts counting as one entry. If I understand the scoring system correctly. Peggy Ahwesh takes an old, rotting stag-reel clip of a homely threesome in bed, and aggressively treats it with color splotches and the like. Astor Piazzolla's instantly identifiable brand of tango music is added as score. The result is somewhere between Brakhage and Bill Morrison. The version I saw had such terrible resolution that it significantly impeded my enjoyment.
6c. "Threnody" (2004)...20 minutes. Nathaniel Dorsky. A meandering sequence of tight shots of various scenes, often involving flickering, wavering motion and mostly but not entirely set in nature. The film is 100% silent. I can't say that I really understand what Dorsky hopes to evoke.
6d. "Sonata for Pen, Brush and Ruler" (1968)...fun 10-minute short involving handpainting a negative a la Len Lye or Norman McLaren. It's on YouTube. I'm the second person to check this -- I only stumbled upon it because I was looking at a random ICM list and it was the only included film without a runtime (now it has one). I guess I'm still 16 minutes shy of another 80-minute set of shorts.
6e. "Alaya" (Nathaniel Dorsky, 1987). Twenty-eight minutes, so this puts me over the 80-minute threshold for a second set of shorts. I guess what's most sensible is to just add up the lengths at the end of the month and divide by 80. "Alaya" is a sequence of gentle little nature scenes with sand, gravel, grass, etc. being rustled by wind and water. Sometimes landscapes, sometimes in miniature. The online version may not be optimal, because some parts were essentially "black screen" and I'm not sure they were intended to be.
7. "My 20th Century" (1989). The story needed more focus, but I really enjoyed this for the most part. Recommended to Guy Maddin fans. I think this is a popular film among the forum crowd, so I probably don't need to say more.
8. "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972). Finally, my first Jonas Mekas feature. But it may be the last. Despite this being shorter than some of his other films, this was utter torture for me to get through. My ultimate film hell is a movie with steady narration, delivered by a voice with a hard-to-understand accent plus lo-fi sound that makes him/her even harder to understand.
9. "Kinetta" (2005). Early Yorgos Lanthimos. This one is a real chore, and its measly 4.8 IMDb rating serves as fair warning. Much of the film is essentially silent, following listless activities by three central characters. Two men and a woman. Gradually you realize the older character is sort of a policeman who recruits the other two to re-stage scenes of domestic violence for vague purposes of analysis? The woman is self-destructive...the "cop" likes BMW cars...the other man is a photographer...it doesn't add up to much. Just another example of Lanthimos's strange, detached-outsider take on humanity. I don't really understand what makes him tick.
10a. "Hamles" 1960 -- aka Little Hamlet (8min) -- Jerzy Skolimowski makes a fun, micro-version of "Hamlet," shot in the ruins of a derelict building somewhere. Essentially a silent film. I don't recall any dialogue...the soundtrack was all strange little piano bits and songs. It's on YouTube.
10b. "Orange" 1970 (3min)
10c. "La Paresse" 1986 (8min)
10d. "Man with Mirror" 1976/2009 (10min, silent) This was on IMDb but not ICM, so I had to import it. This is one of those "films" that's as much performance art as a film. It takes a few minutes to understand what's happening, but I THINK what's happening is that filmmaker Guy Sherwin shot himself in 1976 standing outdoors holding a large rectangular mirror. He slowly turns this way and that, so the camera captures the disorienting, changing angle of the mirror image. Then Sherwin shows the film in galleries, and projects it onto himself holding another mirror (or the same one, perhaps). And he randomly turns again. The piece gains more resonance as he has aged, because there's an added effect of seeing his aged, contemporary face strangely shifting into his young '70s appearance. (In the '70s, he looks like Ashton Kushner and now he looks like Kris Kristofferson. That's aging for you.) I saw two different performances shared online, so I watched both.
10e. "Sun Strobes Light Shows Nitobe" (14 minutes, Sam Perry, 1965). Now I'M listing a film that's not on IMDb. I'm going to try submitting immediately after I write this post, but it's confusing because there are multiple IMDb people named "Sam Perry" but none seem to be this particular man. I think? So I hope I won't be creating a redundant page for a Sam Perry who's already there. This entirely silent film is similar to the projections you imagine being shown behind late-60s, psychedelic-rock shows. There's not much info about this film online, so I don't know if it actually was used for this purpose. But the imagery isn't entirely abstract, especially at the end where you see a stoned young man walking around outdoors and trying to view the world through a leaf (which reportedly is this film's initial concept).

Oh, now I see a web item indicating the filmmaker was an acid casualty who deliriously shot himself at a young age.
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I've now added "Sun Strobes Light Shows Nitobe" to IMDb/ICM...wow, they approved it fast. Haven't managed to get the director imported to ICM yet, but maybe he'll be there by the time you've read this message.

https://beta.icheckmovies.com/movies/40 ... ows+nitobe
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Perception de Ambiguity wrote: February 21st, 2021, 7:21 am Amit Dutta film festival with 15 of his films streaming for free for a week, 20 Feb to 27 Feb 2021:

https://www.knma.in/an_auteurs_palette_amitdutta
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Week 3

The last week saw a LOT of activity, keep that up as we are now in the final 7 days (will try to live up to that as well).

We now have 18 participants. Welcome onboard Hunziker, with an incredible batch of 37 shorts, culminating in 2 full points. :D :cheers:

Loving the energy from Sol, Ebbywebby, Flavo and Dolwphin, writing up their thoughts for every film seen!

Also, kudos to Klaus for seeing his first 3 features.

The top 2 looks solidified - BUT - jeroeno published no updates in the last week. Will he return with a bang?

And what will all the uncounted shorts? How will they affect the final tally?

Tune in next Monday!

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Rank Participant Count Features Shorts Reviews
1 jdidaco 78 78 +22 -
2 jeroeno 54 21 101 -
3 Lu-Chin 33 30 13 -
4 Insomnius 21 21 +99 10
5 sol 18 18 - 18
5.5 Perception de Ambiguity 17 17 +55 8
7 klaus78 16 3 82 -
8 St. Gloede 13 13 - 13
9 Ebbywebby 10 7 13 12
9 hurluburlu 9 8 7 -
11 peeptoad 7 6 7 -
11 flavo5000 7 6 6 7
13 Dolwphin 5 2 17 2
14 maxwelldeux 4 4 - 4
15 frbrown 2 - 14 3
15 Hunziker 2 - 37 -
17 connordenney 1 1 - -
17 mjf314 1 1 - -
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Spoiler
1. The Catherine Wheel (1982, feature)...David Byrne/Twyla Tharp dance collaboration
2a. Solstice (1971, 35 min)...Walter Ungerer...enigmatic nonsense in a forest :)
2b. Il Caso Valdemar 1936 (12 min)...damn interesting horror short that's shockingly gory for its era
2c. La maison tranquille 1901 (2 min)...Melies
2d. Animation School Dropout 2015 (1 min)...utter trash
2e. Paris s'en va 1981 (30 min) -- Rivette outtakes from Le Pont du Nord
3. Hands Up! 1981...interesting Skolimowski film where he repackages material from a 1967 project that the government shut down
4. "Ici et Ailleurs" (1976)...political Godard. Not as unwatchable as some of his other films from the period. Officially 53 minutes.
5. "Three Crowns of a Sailor" 1983.
6a. "Sonne, Halt!" (1962)...a strange, jagged Austrian short that's essentially flashed scenes from a vacation in Italy? The subtitles seemed very rough and undercut my comprehension. I'm the ninth person to check it. Only 24 minutes, so it doesn't help my tally on its own.
6b. "The Color of Love" (1994)...only 10 minutes long, so I'm still working toward a set of shorts counting as one entry. If I understand the scoring system correctly. Peggy Ahwesh takes an old, rotting stag-reel clip of a homely threesome in bed, and aggressively treats it with color splotches and the like. Astor Piazzolla's instantly identifiable brand of tango music is added as score. The result is somewhere between Brakhage and Bill Morrison. The version I saw had such terrible resolution that it significantly impeded my enjoyment.
6c. "Threnody" (2004)...20 minutes. Nathaniel Dorsky. A meandering sequence of tight shots of various scenes, often involving flickering, wavering motion and mostly but not entirely set in nature. The film is 100% silent. I can't say that I really understand what Dorsky hopes to evoke.
6d. "Sonata for Pen, Brush and Ruler" (1968)...fun 10-minute short involving handpainting a negative a la Len Lye or Norman McLaren. It's on YouTube. I'm the second person to check this -- I only stumbled upon it because I was looking at a random ICM list and it was the only included film without a runtime (now it has one). I guess I'm still 16 minutes shy of another 80-minute set of shorts.
6e. "Alaya" (Nathaniel Dorsky, 1987). Twenty-eight minutes, so this puts me over the 80-minute threshold for a second set of shorts. I guess what's most sensible is to just add up the lengths at the end of the month and divide by 80. "Alaya" is a sequence of gentle little nature scenes with sand, gravel, grass, etc. being rustled by wind and water. Sometimes landscapes, sometimes in miniature. The online version may not be optimal, because some parts were essentially "black screen" and I'm not sure they were intended to be.
7. "My 20th Century" (1989). The story needed more focus, but I really enjoyed this for the most part. Recommended to Guy Maddin fans. I think this is a popular film among the forum crowd, so I probably don't need to say more.
8. "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972). Finally, my first Jonas Mekas feature. But it may be the last. Despite this being shorter than some of his other films, this was utter torture for me to get through. My ultimate film hell is a movie with steady narration, delivered by a voice with a hard-to-understand accent plus lo-fi sound that makes him/her even harder to understand.
9. "Kinetta" (2005). Early Yorgos Lanthimos. This one is a real chore, and its measly 4.8 IMDb rating serves as fair warning. Much of the film is essentially silent, following listless activities by three central characters. Two men and a woman. Gradually you realize the older character is sort of a policeman who recruits the other two to re-stage scenes of domestic violence for vague purposes of analysis? The woman is self-destructive...the "cop" likes BMW cars...the other man is a photographer...it doesn't add up to much. Just another example of Lanthimos's strange, detached-outsider take on humanity. I don't really understand what makes him tick.
10a. "Hamles" 1960 -- aka Little Hamlet (8min) -- Jerzy Skolimowski makes a fun, micro-version of "Hamlet," shot in the ruins of a derelict building somewhere. Essentially a silent film. I don't recall any dialogue...the soundtrack was all strange little piano bits and songs. It's on YouTube.
10b. "Orange" 1970 (3min)
10c. "La Paresse" 1986 (8min)
10d. "Man with Mirror" 1976/2009 (10min, silent) This was on IMDb but not ICM, so I had to import it. This is one of those "films" that's as much performance art as a film. It takes a few minutes to understand what's happening, but I THINK what's happening is that filmmaker Guy Sherwin shot himself in 1976 standing outdoors holding a large rectangular mirror. He slowly turns this way and that, so the camera captures the disorienting, changing angle of the mirror image. Then Sherwin shows the film in galleries, and projects it onto himself holding another mirror (or the same one, perhaps). And he randomly turns again. The piece gains more resonance as he has aged, because there's an added effect of seeing his aged, contemporary face strangely shifting into his young '70s appearance. (In the '70s, he looks like Ashton Kushner and now he looks like Kris Kristofferson. That's aging for you.) I saw two different performances shared online, so I watched both.
10e. "Sun Strobes Light Shows Nitobe" (14 minutes, Sam Perry, 1965). Now I'M listing a film that's not on IMDb. I'm going to try submitting immediately after I write this post, but it's confusing because there are multiple IMDb people named "Sam Perry" but none seem to be this particular man. I think? So I hope I won't be creating a redundant page for a Sam Perry who's already there. This entirely silent film is similar to the projections you imagine being shown behind late-60s, psychedelic-rock shows. There's not much info about this film online, so I don't know if it actually was used for this purpose. But the imagery isn't entirely abstract, especially at the end where you see a stoned young man walking around outdoors and trying to view the world through a leaf (which reportedly is this film's initial concept).
10f. "Watts with Eggs" (2 min, Marie Menken, 1967)...fun, stop-motion animation mostly involving a carton of silver eggs.
10g. "Drips in Strips" (3 min, Marie Menken, 1961)...paint drips in motion, basically. Dull color palette. Ehh.
10h. "Matou" (4 min, Isamu Hirabayashi, 2011) -- a pale, rail-thin Japanese model silently simulates the life cycle in reverse, proceeding through a series of costumes and hairstyles suggesting certain ages. At the end, she's huddled in a naked ball as if in the womb. I'll confess that I just enjoyed watching her undress over and over. I had no goal of watching this film, but just happened to come across while scanning titles on the uloz.to site.

11. "Clean, Shaven"...to hell with it, I'm including this. It certainly has a narrative (a disturbed young man yearns to reunite with his daughter, but apparently is a serial child killer). However, the editing and sound design are quite experimental in their attempt to simulate a schizophrenic's chaotic perceptions. I "enjoyed" this uncomfortable tale a lot more than I thought I would.
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I guess someone really needs to add a whole mess of "Schmelzdahin" films to IMDb. IMDb only has two.

And just because it's the kind of guy I am, I just added 11 missing runtimes to IMDb for Pramod Pati films. Except I'm having trouble getting "A Fable Retold" to import to ICM.

I also just imported these films to ICM:
https://beta.icheckmovies.com/movies/40 ... posed-2017
https://beta.icheckmovies.com/movies/40 ... 7+no.+1016
https://beta.icheckmovies.com/movies/40 ... +de+surlej
https://beta.icheckmovies.com/movies/40 ... ments-1981
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8. Limite (1931) 9
empirical noise
1. Visa de censure n°X (1967) 8
2. Begotten (1990) 7
3a. Mothlight (1963) 4min 8
3b. Window Water Baby Moving (1959) 13min 7
3c. Byt (1968) 13min 7
3d. Projekt (1981) 6min 9
3e. Animated Self Portraits (1989) 8min 6
3f. The Alphabet (1969) 4min 7
3g. Ménilmontant (1926) 38min 9
4. Bronenosets Potemkin (1925) Battleship Potemkin 7
5. Au pan coupé (1968) 8
6. Le clair de terre (1970) Earth Light 8+
7. Absences répétées (1972) Repeated Absences 9
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Challenge as a Subversive Art
1. Blue (1993)
2. Limite (1931)
3. Heart of a Dog (2015)
4. Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012)
5. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
6. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969)
7. Anticipation of the Night (1958)
8. Up Your Legs Forever (1971)
9. Rameau's Nephew (1974)
10. The Green Fog (2017)
11. Film Portrait (1972)
12. Vlees / Meat (2010)
13. Tetsuo. (1989)
14. 11 x 14 (1977)
15. RR (2007)
16. Ruhr (2009)
17. O'er the Land (2009)
18. British Sounds (1970)
19. The Royal Road (2015)

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flavo5000 wrote: February 18th, 2021, 6:54 pm 7. Dead End Run (2003)
The last film Gakuryu Ishii made before another ten-year break after his back-to-back commercial failures of Gojoe and Electric Dragon
Any reason you're not counting Mirrored Mind?
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Spoiler
1. The Catherine Wheel (1982, feature)...David Byrne/Twyla Tharp dance collaboration
2a. Solstice (1971, 35 min)...Walter Ungerer...enigmatic nonsense in a forest :)
2b. Il Caso Valdemar 1936 (12 min)...damn interesting horror short that's shockingly gory for its era
2c. La maison tranquille 1901 (2 min)...Melies
2d. Animation School Dropout 2015 (1 min)...utter trash
2e. Paris s'en va 1981 (30 min) -- Rivette outtakes from Le Pont du Nord
3. Hands Up! 1981...interesting Skolimowski film where he repackages material from a 1967 project that the government shut down
4. "Ici et Ailleurs" (1976)...political Godard. Not as unwatchable as some of his other films from the period. Officially 53 minutes.
5. "Three Crowns of a Sailor" 1983.
6a. "Sonne, Halt!" (1962)...a strange, jagged Austrian short that's essentially flashed scenes from a vacation in Italy? The subtitles seemed very rough and undercut my comprehension. I'm the ninth person to check it. Only 24 minutes, so it doesn't help my tally on its own.
6b. "The Color of Love" (1994)...only 10 minutes long, so I'm still working toward a set of shorts counting as one entry. If I understand the scoring system correctly. Peggy Ahwesh takes an old, rotting stag-reel clip of a homely threesome in bed, and aggressively treats it with color splotches and the like. Astor Piazzolla's instantly identifiable brand of tango music is added as score. The result is somewhere between Brakhage and Bill Morrison. The version I saw had such terrible resolution that it significantly impeded my enjoyment.
6c. "Threnody" (2004)...20 minutes. Nathaniel Dorsky. A meandering sequence of tight shots of various scenes, often involving flickering, wavering motion and mostly but not entirely set in nature. The film is 100% silent. I can't say that I really understand what Dorsky hopes to evoke.
6d. "Sonata for Pen, Brush and Ruler" (1968)...fun 10-minute short involving handpainting a negative a la Len Lye or Norman McLaren. It's on YouTube. I'm the second person to check this -- I only stumbled upon it because I was looking at a random ICM list and it was the only included film without a runtime (now it has one). I guess I'm still 16 minutes shy of another 80-minute set of shorts.
6e. "Alaya" (Nathaniel Dorsky, 1987). Twenty-eight minutes, so this puts me over the 80-minute threshold for a second set of shorts. I guess what's most sensible is to just add up the lengths at the end of the month and divide by 80. "Alaya" is a sequence of gentle little nature scenes with sand, gravel, grass, etc. being rustled by wind and water. Sometimes landscapes, sometimes in miniature. The online version may not be optimal, because some parts were essentially "black screen" and I'm not sure they were intended to be.
7. "My 20th Century" (1989). The story needed more focus, but I really enjoyed this for the most part. Recommended to Guy Maddin fans. I think this is a popular film among the forum crowd, so I probably don't need to say more.
8. "Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania" (1972). Finally, my first Jonas Mekas feature. But it may be the last. Despite this being shorter than some of his other films, this was utter torture for me to get through. My ultimate film hell is a movie with steady narration, delivered by a voice with a hard-to-understand accent plus lo-fi sound that makes him/her even harder to understand.
9. "Kinetta" (2005). Early Yorgos Lanthimos. This one is a real chore, and its measly 4.8 IMDb rating serves as fair warning. Much of the film is essentially silent, following listless activities by three central characters. Two men and a woman. Gradually you realize the older character is sort of a policeman who recruits the other two to re-stage scenes of domestic violence for vague purposes of analysis? The woman is self-destructive...the "cop" likes BMW cars...the other man is a photographer...it doesn't add up to much. Just another example of Lanthimos's strange, detached-outsider take on humanity. I don't really understand what makes him tick.
10. "Clean, Shaven"...to hell with it, I'm including this. It certainly has a narrative (a disturbed young man yearns to reunite with his daughter, but apparently is a serial child killer). However, the editing and sound design are quite experimental in their attempt to simulate a schizophrenic's chaotic perceptions. I "enjoyed" this uncomfortable tale a lot more than I thought I would.
11a. "Hamles" 1960 -- aka Little Hamlet (8min) -- Jerzy Skolimowski makes a fun, micro-version of "Hamlet," shot in the ruins of a derelict building somewhere. Essentially a silent film. I don't recall any dialogue...the soundtrack was all strange little piano bits and songs. It's on YouTube.
11b. "Orange" 1970 (3min)
11c. "La Paresse" 1986 (8min)
11d. "Man with Mirror" 1976/2009 (10min, silent) This was on IMDb but not ICM, so I had to import it. This is one of those "films" that's as much performance art as a film. It takes a few minutes to understand what's happening, but I THINK what's happening is that filmmaker Guy Sherwin shot himself in 1976 standing outdoors holding a large rectangular mirror. He slowly turns this way and that, so the camera captures the disorienting, changing angle of the mirror image. Then Sherwin shows the film in galleries, and projects it onto himself holding another mirror (or the same one, perhaps). And he randomly turns again. The piece gains more resonance as he has aged, because there's an added effect of seeing his aged, contemporary face strangely shifting into his young '70s appearance. (In the '70s, he looks like Ashton Kushner and now he looks like Kris Kristofferson. That's aging for you.) I saw two different performances shared online, so I watched both.
11e. "Sun Strobes Light Shows Nitobe" (14 minutes, Sam Perry, 1965). Now I'M listing a film that's not on IMDb. I'm going to try submitting immediately after I write this post, but it's confusing because there are multiple IMDb people named "Sam Perry" but none seem to be this particular man. I think? So I hope I won't be creating a redundant page for a Sam Perry who's already there. This entirely silent film is similar to the projections you imagine being shown behind late-60s, psychedelic-rock shows. There's not much info about this film online, so I don't know if it actually was used for this purpose. But the imagery isn't entirely abstract, especially at the end where you see a stoned young man walking around outdoors and trying to view the world through a leaf (which reportedly is this film's initial concept).
11f. "Watts with Eggs" (2 min, Marie Menken, 1967)...fun, stop-motion animation mostly involving a carton of silver eggs.
11g. "Drips in Strips" (3 min, Marie Menken, 1961)...paint drips in motion, basically. Dull color palette. Ehh.
11h. "Matou" (4 min, Isamu Hirabayashi, 2011) -- a pale, rail-thin Japanese model silently simulates the life cycle in reverse, proceeding through a series of costumes and hairstyles suggesting certain ages. At the end, she's huddled in a naked ball as if in the womb. I'll confess that I just enjoyed watching her undress over and over. I had no goal of watching this film, but just happened to come across while scanning titles on the uloz.to site.
11i. "Sidewalks" (7 min, Marie Menken, 1966). Totally silent. Self-descriptive. Walking around the city, and a montage of shots of the sidewalk below. No feet. Just sidewalk.
11j. "Excursion" (5 min, Marie Menken, 1968). Again, silent. If you're leery of the stereotype about experimental films and their empty pretensions, avoid this one. This is basically home movies shot while on a tourist boat sailing around Manhattan. Speed up the film a bit and, presto, avant-garde cinema?

All these above shorts, and they still add up to just 67 minutes. Shy of 80.
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-- Strange Lines and Distances (Joshua Bonnetta, 2012) 30 min, 8/10
Landscapes and radio waves out of the past.
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22. Two Moons (James Benning, 2018) 8/10
Celestial bodies taking a spin, a giant lemon, a golden death star, lush California skies.
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23. Homo Sapiens Project (157) (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2013) 7-8/10
Landscapes and humans being.
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-- Homo Ludens (Åke Karlung, 1966) 10 min, 7/10
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-- Paris d-moll (Peter Kylberg, 1964) 8 min, 6/10

-- Death + Transfiguration (Jim Davis, 1961) 10 min, 8/10
A play of light and the human body as landscape.


-- Light Reflections (Jim Davis, 1948) 8 min, 9/10
Trapped light.
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-- I frack (Claes Söderquist, 1965) 11 min, 7/10
-- Le génie civil (Claes Söderquist, Jan Håfström, 1967) 11 min, 4/10




Count: 23 features, 106 shorts (1154 min/80 = 14.4)
List Describing My Progress
I'm an inconsistent rater, so consider the ratings as approximates.

1. Pays barbare / Babaric Land (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 2013) 7/10
2. Junge Kiefern / Young Pines (Ute Aurand, 2011) 8/10
3. Nebel / Fog (Nicole Vögele, 2014) 7/10
4. Circumstantial Pleasures (Lewis Klahr, 2020) 10/10
5. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (Boris Lehman, 1978) 7/10
6. Likt vinden far min längtan (Nina Hedenius, 1988) 8/10
7. The Last Buffalo Hunt (Lee Anne Schmitt, 2011) 7/10
8. Materia Obscura (Jürgen Reble, 2009) 7/10
9. Either or Neither (Daniel Barnett, 2021) 9/10
10. Science Without Substance (Daniel Barnett, 2019) 8/10
11. 2084 (Klaus Wyborny, 1982) 3/10
12. Hommage an Ludwig van Beethoven (Klaus Wyborny, 2006) 7/10
13. The Hart of London (Jack Chambers, 1970) Rewatch, 9/10
14. Video Blues (Emma Tusell, 2019) 8/10
15. Where the Chocolate Mountains (Pat O'Neill, 2015) 9/10
16. L. Cohen (James Benning, 2018) 7/10
17. From 60° North (William Raban, Begonia Tamarit, 1991) 7/10
18. Back Against the Wall (James Fotopoulos, 2002) 8/10
19. Blackbird Descending - Tense Alignment (Malcolm le Grice, 1977) 8/10
20. Interiors of the Liquid Gap (Josh Weissbach, 2009) 7/10
21. Harry Hooton (Arthur Cantrill, Corinne Cantrill, 1969) 8/10
22. Two Moons (James Benning, 2018) 8/10
23. Homo Sapiens Project (157) (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2013) 7-8/10


Shorts (I'll add these to the tally when I'm done)
-- We Are Going Home (Jennifer Reeves, 1998) 10 min, 5/10
-- Rudi Dörfert (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 14 min, 5/10
-- In Diep Hust (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 5 min, 6/10
-- Weltenempfänger (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 5 min, 8/10
-- Fiddle-de-dee (Norman McLaren, 1947) 3 min, 8/10
-- Hortillonnages, amiens (Jacques Perconte, 2015) 27 min, 7/10
-- Le tempestaire, enregistrement n°1 (Jacques Perconte, 2020) 12 min, 8/10
-- Parties visible et invisible d'un ensemble sous tension (Emmanuel Lefrant, 2009) 7 min, 10/10
-- Pastourelle (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2010) 16 min, 9/10
-- Printtemps (Jacques Perconte, 2020) 7 min, 8/10
-- Feuerland ist abgebrannt (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 6 min, 5/10
-- Interno Tautium (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 3 min, 5/10
-- Death of a Marriage (Barbara Hammer, 1969) 3 min, 6/10
-- Black-Room Révélée (Michel Nedjar, 2004) 16 min, 7/10
-- Trois gouttes de mezcal dans une coupe de champagne (Teo Hernandez, 1983) 16 min, 6/10
-- Fragments de l'ange (Teo Hernandez, 1984) 18 min, 6/10
-- L'horrible tragédie (Jakobois, 1981) 21 min, 5/10
-- Du regard comme objet (b) (Jakobois, 1976) 7 min, 6/10
-- Miles (Yann Beauvais, 1983) 3 min, 5/10
-- Michel Journiac, quelques messages (Stéphane Marti, 1996) 12 min, 4/10
-- Site Visit (Maïa Cybelle Carpenter, 1998) 9 min, 8/10
-- Trasparenze (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 1998) 6 min, 7/10
-- Shutter (Takahiko Iimura, 1971) 30 min, 10/10
-- Life After Love (Zachary Epcar, 2018) 8 min, 7/10
-- He Who Eats Children (Ben Russell, 2016) 26 min, 6/10
-- Film numéro deux (Christian Lebrat, 1976) 4 min, 7/10
-- Lightfall (Robert Todd, 2016) 15 min, 6/10
-- Evergreen (Robert Todd, 2005) 16 min, 7/10
-- Speak (Robert Todd, 1997) 7 min, 8/10
-- Fisherman (Robert Todd, 1998) Rewatch, 6 min, 7/10
-- Fable (Robert Todd, 1999) 15 min, 8/10
-- Couleurs délicieuses sur fond bleu (Christian Lebrat, 1976) 8 min, 7/10
-- Organisation I (Christian Lebrat, 1977) 5 min, 7/10
-- Wait (Robert Todd, 2000) 7 min, 7/10
-- Clip (Robert Todd, 2001) 3 min, 8/10
-- Dionysius (Charles Boultenhouse, 1963) 26 min, 8/10
-- Our Former Glory (Robert Todd, 2002) 9 min, 6/10
-- Trauma Victim (Robert Todd, 2002) 17 min, 8/10
-- Liminal Minimal (Christian Lebrat, 1977) 18 min, 8/10
-- Sydney Harbour Bridge (Paul Winkler, 1977) 13 min, 7/10
-- Narrows Inlet (David Rimmer, 1980) 8 min, 4/10
-- S=13 (Nobuhiro Aihara, 1984) 5 min, 7/10
-- Scènes de la vie française: La Ciotat (Rose Lowder, 1986) 31 min, 6/10
-- Oomagatoki (Nobuhiro Aihara, 1985) 4 min, 7/10
-- Réseaux (Christian Lebrat, 1978) 8 min, 7/10
-- Time Reversal Symmetry (Evann Siebens, 2018) 8 min, 5/10
-- Warning Triangle (Virgil Widrich, 2011) 6 min, 7/10
-- Trama (Christian Lebrat, 1980) 10 min, 7/10
-- Rodamorfosis (Alain Mazars, 1984) 21 min, 8/10
-- La méduse (Yvan Lagrange, 1988) 21 min, 7/10
-- Zwei Basiliken (Heinz Emigholz, 2018) 35 min, 7/10
-- Actus (Alain Mazars, 1984) 27 min, 7/10
-- Something to Touch That Is Not Corruption or Ashes or Dust (Mike Stoltz, 2020) 7 min, 5/10
-- Blue (Laura Magnusson, 2019) 12 min, 6/10
-- A Tiny Place That is Hard to Touch (Shelly Silver, 2019) 39 min, 8/10
-- Wind (Dana Sink, 2019) 2 min, 4/10
-- :::-:: (6-4) (Ana Valdés, 2017) 2 min, 5/10
-- Umbilical Cord to Heaven (Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, 2019) 13 min, 8/10
-- Primary Stimulus (Robert Russett, 1977-80) 8 min, 10/10
-- Onkelschrompel (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 7 min, 7/10
-- E.R. (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 5 min, 7/10
-- Autoportrait au dispositif (Christian Lebrat, 1981) 9 min, 8/10
-- Holon (Christian Lebrat, 1982) 13 min, 8/10
-- Le moteur de l'action (A.M.D) (Christian Lebrat, 1985) 8 min, 5/10
-- Shot Film (Greg Pope, 2009) 4 min, 8/10
-- Out of Reach (Lori Felker, 2015) 4 min, 5/10
-- Not and Or (Simon Payne, 2014) 18 min, 7/10
-- Eat (Vivian Ostrovsky, 1988) 14 min, 4/10
-- Sakura, Sakura (Ute Aurand, 2014) 2 min, 6/10
-- Ginza Strip (Richard Tuohy, 2014) 9 min, 6/10
-- El ángel exterminador (Los Ingrávidos, 2020) 5 min, 6/10
-- Orilla (Los Ingrávidos, 2019) 6 min, 7/10
-- La región más transparente (Los Ingrávidos, 2019) 7 min, 7/10
-- The Sun Quartet, Part 3: Conflagration (Los Ingrávidos, 2017) 16 min, 8/10
-- Candy Shop (Patrick Smith, 2019) 3 min, 6/10
-- Varvara / Barbara (Valeriy Pereverzev, 2019) 14 min, 3/10
-- This One Weird Trick (Joanie Wind, 2020) 7 min, 4/10
-- Muybridge's Disobedient Horses (Anna Vasof, 2018) 5 min, 5/10
-- Immaterial Los Angeles (Christopher McNamara, 2019) 8 min, 5/10
-- Queering di Teknolojik (Timothy Smith, 2019) 9 min, 5/10
-- Realms (Benjamin Rinehardt, 2018) 8 min, 8/10
-- Origin of Hair (Carrie Hawks, 2019) 1 min, 4/10
-- Vertigo A.I. (Chris Peters, 2020) 5 min, 7/10
-- I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin (Maryam Tafakory, 2018) 8 min, 6/10
-- Emotions in Metal (Tommy Becker, 2019) 21 min, 6/10
-- The Remains of Seventeen Artefacted Flares (Josh Weissbach, 2011) 7 min, 8/10
-- Sights no. One Thru Three (Josh Weissbach, 2013) 7 min, 6/10
-- Der Trip (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 6 min, 7/10
-- EIS (Schmelzdahin, 1986) 6 min, 7/10
-- Das Atem des Schafes (Lutz Mommartz, 1970) 9 min, 7/10
-- Burrellesque (Lesley Keen, 1990) 7 min, 6/10
-- Points of Departure (Alia Syed, 2014) 17 min, 8/10
-- Fair Creature (Mandy McIntosh, 2004) 16 min, 7/10
-- Ethnoresidue (Jasleen Kaur, 2020) 20 min, 3/10
-- Cityscape (Michael Snow, 2019) 8 min, 6/10
-- Variations on a Theme by Michael Snow (Stephen Broomer, 2015) 8 min, 5/10
-- The Unpainted Woman (Kathy Rose, 2016) 4 min, 7/10
-- The Realm of Nothingness (Kathy Rose, 2014) 6 min, 7/10
-- Street Twenty-Seven Number Ten Sixteen (Josh Weissbach, 2015) 3 min, 7/10
-- Strange Lines and Distances (Joshua Bonnetta, 2012) 30 min, 8/10
-- Homo Ludens (Åke Karlung, 1966) 10 min, 7/10
-- Paris d-moll (Peter Kylberg, 1964) 8 min, 6/10
-- Death + Transfiguration (Jim Davis, 1961) 10 min, 8/10
-- Light Reflections (Jim Davis, 1948) 8 min, 9/10
-- I frack (Claes Söderquist, 1965) 11 min, 7/10
-- Le génie civil (Claes Söderquist, Jan Håfström, 1967) 11 min, 4/10
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Onderhond wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 11:42 am
flavo5000 wrote: February 18th, 2021, 6:54 pm 7. Dead End Run (2003)
The last film Gakuryu Ishii made before another ten-year break after his back-to-back commercial failures of Gojoe and Electric Dragon
Any reason you're not counting Mirrored Mind?
I didn't watch that one. The other Ishii I watched was Panic in High School which definitely wouldn't count as experimental.
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flavo5000 wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 7:05 pm
Onderhond wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 11:42 am
flavo5000 wrote: February 18th, 2021, 6:54 pm 7. Dead End Run (2003)
The last film Gakuryu Ishii made before another ten-year break after his back-to-back commercial failures of Gojoe and Electric Dragon
Any reason you're not counting Mirrored Mind?
I didn't watch that one.
:lol:

Sorry for not being clearer. I meant in your "10-year break" comment. He made Mirrored Mind in between Dead End Run and Isn't Anyone Alive?, which makes it only a 7-year break :) It's my favorite Ishii too, so I wondered why you left it out.
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Onderhond wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 7:10 pm
flavo5000 wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 7:05 pm
Onderhond wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 11:42 am
Any reason you're not counting Mirrored Mind?
I didn't watch that one.
:lol:

Sorry for not being clearer. I meant in your "10-year break" comment. He made Mirrored Mind in between Dead End Run and Isn't Anyone Alive?, which makes it only a 7-year break :) It's my favorite Ishii too, so I wondered why you left it out.
Oh, I see. Actually it was 8 years since Mirrored Mind was 2004 and Isn't Anyone Alive was 2012 but yea, I was just lazily rounding off.
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1.-5a. Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970
Manhatta (1921) [rewatch] 7/10
Ballet mécanique (1924) [rewatch] 8/10
Anémic cinéma (1926) 6/10
The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928) [rewatch] 6/10
Skyscraper Symphony (1929) 6/10
Mechanical Principles (1931) [rewatch] 8/10
A Bronx Morning (1931) 7/10
Poem 8 (1932) 5/10
An Optical Poem (1938) [rewatch] 7/10
Thimble Theater (1938) 5/10
Pursuit of Happiness (1940) 6/10
Tarantella (1940) 7/10
1941 (1941) 6/10
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) [rewatch] 8/10
Meditation on Violence (1949) 6/10
In the Street (1948) [rewatch] 6/10
Four in the Afternoon (1951) 6/10
Abstronic (1952) 7/10
Bells of Atlantis (1952) 8/10
Eaux d'artifice (1953) [rewatch] 8/10
Evolution (1954) 7/10
Gyromorphosis (1954) 7/10
Hurry Hurry (1957) 5/10
N.Y., N.Y. (1957) [rewatch] 7/10
Castro Street (1966) [rewatch] 7/10
9 Variations on a Dance Theme (1966) 7/10
The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter (1968) 5/10
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969) 6/10
Love It, Leave It (1973) 7/10
DL2: Disintegration Line #2 (1970) 7/10
Transport (1970) 4/10
Sappho and Jerry, Parts 1-3 (1978) 6/10
Ch'an (1983) 6/10
Seasons... (2002) 7/10
5b.-10. By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume Two
The Wonder Ring (1955) 6/10
The Dead (1960) 7/10
Two: Creeley/McClure (1965) 6/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967) 7/10
23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978) 7/10
Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1 (1969) 8/10
The Machine of Eden (1970) 8/10
Star Garden (1974) 6/10
Desert (1976) 8/10
The Process (1972) 7/10
Burial Path (1978) 6/10
Duplicity III (1980) 6/10
The Domain of the Moment (1977) 6/10
Murder Psalm (1980) 6/10
Arabic Numeral Series 12 (1981) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #1 (1989) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) 6/10
Visions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (1990) 7/10
Visions in Meditation #4: D.H. Lawrence (1990) 7/10
Unconscious London Strata (1981) 7/10
Boulder Blues and Pearls and... (1992) 8/10
The Mammals of Victoria (1994) 6/10
First Hymn to the Night - Novalis (1994) 7/10
I Take These Truths (1994) 7/10
The Cat of the Worm's Green Realm (1997) 7/10
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997) 7/10
...Reel Five (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #1 (1999) 6/10
Persian Series #2 (1999) 7/10
Persian Series #3 (1999) 7/10
Chinese Series (2003) 6/10
11.-13. A Hollis Frampton Odyssey
Manual of Arms (1966) 6/10
Process Red (1966) 6/10
Maxwell's Demon (1968) 6/10
Surface Tension (1968) 6/10
Carrots & Peas (1969) 4/10
Lemon (1969) 5/10
Zorns Lemma (1970) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971) [rewatch] 7/10
Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass (1971) 3/10
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977) 6/10
Pan 0-4, 697-700 (1974) 5/10
Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0 (1976) 6/10
Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit: Part I (1975) 4/10
Winter Solstice (1974) 6/10
Gloria! (1979) 4/10
14. <---> (1969) 5/10
15. Wavelength (1967) [rewatch] 6/10
16. *Corpus Callosum (2002) 4/10
17. Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013) 5/10
18. Film ist. (1998-2002) 6/10
19. Welt Spiegel Kino (2005) 6/10
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flavo5000 wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 7:28 pm Oh, I see. Actually it was 8 years since Mirrored Mind was 2004 and Isn't Anyone Alive was 2012 but yea, I was just lazily rounding off.
Hmmm, dates seem to differ between sites (Letterboxd has 2005, IMDb 2004). Might be something to do with the short/long version.
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14. Je, tu, elles... / I. You. They. (1972, Peter Foldes)

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What starts out as a campy arthouse film quickly develop into a string of bizarre effects as the life of an artist - his muse/secretary - and a long set of other events merge together into a messy, occasionally amusing, occasionally flat/silly film. At its best, we get full-on visual extravaganza. I particularly loved the popularity of the artist being shown as his secretary keeps answering phones, with the phones varying in size, many as big as a car - and in so many colours. I also thoroughly enjoyed the paintings simply being black - or white - (until later). The elements closer to a narrative are not that strong - but it is perfectly adequate, if not slightly disappointing as a whole. 5/10.


15. O Vampiro da Cinemateca / The Vampire in the Cinemateque (1977, Jairo Ferreira)

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Pop reference pastiche that spins cinema into a world that is simultaneously reality and fiction - including consistent references to Dr. Phibes and Coffin Joe - as well as a Spanish speaking Karlof murdered - and a Fascistic Charles Foster Kane. There are a lot of ideas that on paper could have made a great film, but the end result does not come together at all, and feels like a non-entity. I tend to love cinema marginal, which this could be said to be on the extreme tail-end off - but it does not manage to gather the counter-visual power to be striking, and feels rather floppy and adolescent in return. 2/10.


16. Uomini, anni, vita / Men Years Life (1990, Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi)

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Reusing old footage, and accompanied solely by a operaesque score, Men Years Life is a silent film covering the abuses of the people of Caucasus under Russia and the Soviet Union. There are no real intertitles, with the exception of an opening card (and final acknowledgements) - and no other directions, beyond the occasional year listed on or added to the footage. To me it felt aimless, and it failed to be immersive, but I can see it working for others. 4/10.
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Challenge as a Subversive Art
1. Blue (1993)
2. Limite (1931)
3. Heart of a Dog (2015)
4. Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012)
5. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
6. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969)
7. Anticipation of the Night (1958)
8. Up Your Legs Forever (1971)
9. Rameau's Nephew (1974)
10. The Green Fog (2017)
11. Film Portrait (1972)
12. Vlees / Meat (2010)
13. Tetsuo. (1989)
14. 11 x 14 (1977)
15. RR (2007)
16. Ruhr (2009)
17. O'er the Land (2009)
18. British Sounds (1970)
19. The Royal Road (2015)
20. The Road Movie (2016)

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Driving on the roads of Russia has never seemed scarier in this documentary compromised entirely of dashcam footage. The film starts off fairly mundane, consisting of drivers observing crashes on the way to their destinations. About a quarter of the way in though, things start to get more and more insane: a car actually hit during a collision; a passenger falling out of a van; a window cracking; a dashcam that is stolen while still switched on and recording etc.
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shorts (82min)
9a. A Puce Moment (1949) 6min 8+
9b. Fireworks (1947) 20min 7
9c. Invocation of my Demon Brother (1969) 12min 7
9d. Scorpio Rising (1963) 28min 9
9e. The Man We Want to Hang (2002) 12min 6
9f. Brush of Baphomet (2009) 4min 5
empirical noise
1. Visa de censure n°X (1967) 8
2. Begotten (1990) 7
3a. Mothlight (1963) 4min 8
3b. Window Water Baby Moving (1959) 13min 7
3c. Byt (1968) 13min 7
3d. Projekt (1981) 6min 9
3e. Animated Self Portraits (1989) 8min 6
3f. The Alphabet (1969) 4min 7
3g. Ménilmontant (1926) 38min 9
4. Bronenosets Potemkin (1925) Battleship Potemkin 7
5. Au pan coupé (1968) 8
6. Le clair de terre (1970) Earth Light 8+
7. Absences répétées (1972) Repeated Absences 9
8. Limite (1931) 9
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