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1. Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Frank Beauvais, 2019)
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1. Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Frank Beauvais, 2019)
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1. Hôtel Monterey (1973) 5/10
2. News from Home (1977) 6/10
3. D'Est (1993) (1993) 6/10
4. Numéro deux (1975) 4/10
5. Film socialisme (2010) 5/10
6. Le livre d'image (2018) 7/10
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1.-3. 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
4.-5. 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
6.-7. By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume Two [3]
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
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16. Pentimento (Frans Zwartjes)

17. The Man Who Invented Gold (Christopher Maclaine, 14 min)
Girl Power (Sadie Benning, 15 min)
Lot in Sodom (James Sibley Watson, 28 min)
Hurry Hurry (Maria Menken, 3 min)
Multiple Orgasm (Barbara Hammer, 6 min)
Dwightiana (Maria Menken, 4 min)
Introspection (Sara Kathryn Arledge, 7 min)
Sailboat (Joyce Wieland, 3 min)
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For Science!
1. The Five Obstructions (2003)
2. From the East (1993) 5/10

Or D'est if you speak foreign (I'm in a mood - don't judge me). :P

I saw the descriptions of this on ICM and knew I had to read up on the context to even appreciate this at all, and I'm glad I did. Knowing that it's from post-break-up USSR helped with my understanding of this. That said, while I did get something out of the film from the dialogue-less shots, it's not my sort of film. Nice to see a slice of life in that setting, but not really my thing.
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OP updated:

Welcome to all new participants, especially jdidaco, who comes crashing in on 2nd, Lu-Chin for a strong open of 6, and Dolwphin with the soft open of a full set of 10 shorts.

Added shout-outs to:

Klaus: Shorts only, and the highest number of shorts everyone. :worship:
Insomnius, Sol and Maxwell: For reviewing every title they watched :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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1 jeroeno 17 12 37 -
2 jdidaco 16 13 12 -
3 klaus78 7 0 43 -
3 St. Gloede 7 7 - 7
4.5 Perception de Ambiguity 6 6 +16 2
5 Insonius 6 6 - 6
5 Lu-Chin 6 6 - -
8 sol 5 5 - 5
9 hurluburlu 3 3 - -
9 peeptoad 3 2 7 -
11 Ebbywebby 2 2 - -
11 maxwelldeux 2 2 - 2
13 connordenney 1 1 - -
13 Dolwphin 1 - 10 -
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Is Madoka Magica eligible for this challenge? (I've already seen the series, but I watched the first movie today)

The majority of scenes are not experimental, but each time they go into a witch's labyrinth it becomes experimental (if you want to see examples, google madoka magica labyrinth). I don't know what percentage experimental it is, but I guess somewhere between 10% and 30%.
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Given your description (if I understand correctly it is a standard show for 70-90% but have magical scenes that feel/are experimental?) I would say no, but I'd leave it up to your discretion.
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Okay, some more then. But I don't have the energy to comment on everything this time though.


-- 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
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-- Fiddle-de-dee (Norman McLaren, 1947) 3 min, 8/10

7. The Last Buffalo Hunt (Lee Anne Schmitt, 2011) 7/10
Essay film.


8. Materia Obscura (Jürgen Reble, 2009) 7/10
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-- Hortillonnages, amiens (Jacques Perconte, 2015) 27 min, 7/10
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-- Le tempestaire, enregistrement n°1 (Jacques Perconte, 2020) 12 min, 8/10
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I really like what this guy's doing here and in several others I've seen by him. He uses a software that makes the images autogenerate and 'feed' themselves in potentially endless video works of smeared out pixels. This one is inspired by Jean Epstein's film of the same name, with waves crashing against a coastline.


-- Parties visible et invisible d'un ensemble sous tension (Emmanuel Lefrant, 2009) 7 min, 10/10
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-- Pastourelle (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2010) 16 min, 9/10
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-- 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

9. Either or Neither (Daniel Barnett, 2021) 9/10
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Intense. Zoning out again.



Count: 9 features, 13 shorts (118 min/80 = 1.475)
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

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
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1.-3. 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
4.-7. 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
8.-9a. Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 [4]
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
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2. Film Portrait (Hill, 1972) 3/5
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There is extended sequences of earlier works by the film-maker included in this documentary. These films-in-the-film are quite tedious and prevents me from canonizing it. The rest of the film is brilliant tough. The merging of autobiography & film history is skillfully done. Maybe he could have developed his theoretical/philosophical thoughts about cinema tough. The films is rich with stylistic flourishes, e.g. negative imagery and rapid kaleidoscopic montages, which certainly enhances the viewer experience. The film also oozes with playfulness and comedic touches; most famously the remark about how avant-garde film-making is created.
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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
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18. The Flower Thief (Ron RIce)
19. Unsichtbare Gegner (Valie Export)
20. Tender Fictions (Barbara Hammer)
21. The Ties That Bind (Su Friedrich)

22. Hollywood Babylon (Nico B. , Kenneth Anger, 4 min)
Me and Rubyfruit (Sadie Benning, 4 min)
Odds & Ends (Jane Conger Belson Shimané, 4 min)
New York Eye and Ear Control (Michael Snow, 34 min)
Fog Line (Larry Gottheim, 11 min)
Notes on the Circus (Jonas Mekas, 12 min)
Studie Nr. 6 (Oskar Fischinger, 2 min)
Studie Nr. 9 (Oskar Fischinger, 3 min)
Kreise (Oskar Fischinger, 3 min)
Muratti Privat (Oskar Fischinger, 3 min)

23. Standard Time (Michael Snow, 8 min)
Heterodyne (Hollis Frampton, 7 min)
Organism (Hilary Harris, 19 min)
Disque 957 (Germaine Dulac, 6 min)
Word Movie (Paul Sharits, 4 min)
Hapax Legomena V: Ordinary Matter (Hollis Frampton, 36 min)

24. Palindrome (Hollis Frampton, 22 min)
Note to Pati (Saul Levine, 7 min)
Wachsexperimente (Oskar Fischinger, 6 min)
Scar Tissue (Su Friedrich, 6 min)
Artype (George Maciunas, 4 min)
Roslyn Romance (Bruce Baille, 17 min)
Blink (John Cavanaugh, 3 min)
Turning Torso Breakdown (Robert Huot, 16 min)
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1.-4. 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
5.-8. 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
9b.-10. By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volume Two [4]
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
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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)

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This comes with an innovative idea, but one that works better in theory than in practice. While it is fascinating to watch Ken Jacobs toy with frame rate and create blurs simply by playing the footage too fast or by zooming in too far, two hours of it is a little much. The project has a bit of a Michael Snow vibe, except that Snow's movies are always incredibly playful and sometimes downright funny, whereas I didn't sense much rhyme or rhythm here.
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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)

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As per the title, I think this is meant to be a film about human beings anticipating fun planned evening activities. As per usual for Stan Brakhage, there is a lot of randomness here but there are some simply divine shots too of moody skies and enchanting backyards in the mix. Almost everything seems to be curiously sped-up, a technique that is sometimes annoying but one that is absolutely enthralling when it comes to a merry-go-round ride at a carnival.
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Jajouka, Quelque chose de bon vient vers toi / Jajouka, Something Good Comes to You (English-language version) (2012, Eric & Marc Hurtado) 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-
Rumor has it…

[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) ?

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[11 min] Square Inch Field (David Rimmer, 1968) 7+
I can transcend to that.

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[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
Light is everything except nothing.

[10 min] Partage des eaux (2014, Jean-Claude Rousseau) 6
…and so I look until I begin to see.

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[30 min] The House of Science: A Museum of Fake News False Facts (1991, Lynne Sachs) 6

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[9 min] Berliner Stilleben (1926/1931, László Moholy-Nagy) 6

[5 min] Weltenempfänger (1984, Schmelzdahin)
[5 min] Weltenempfänger (1984, Schmelzdahin) (2nd viewing) 6


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-


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
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(Screenshots from 'Deathstyles', 'Old Redwood Series', 'Mouches Volantes', 'Antigone/Rites of Passion', 'Agyat Shilpi', 'Chitra Sutram', 'Kalkimanthankatha' & 'Sakhisona'),

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inward, the land becomes water,
the maiden appears with her vina
and the deer stands still, entranced.
(Amit Dutta)

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

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*. Okeanos (Myron Ort, 1972) 8/10 (33 min)
20. Old Redwood Series (Myron Ort, 1979) 10/10

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21. Mouches Volantes (Larry Gottheim, 1976) 9/10
*. Mnemosyne, Mother of Muses (Larry Gottheim, 1987) 8/10 (16 min)

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(Revisiting the classics with a multi/interdisciplinary approach (theater, video, dance, performance))

22. Medea (Frans Zwartjes, 1982) 9/10
23. Antigone/Rites of Passion (Amy Greenfield, 1990) 9.5/10

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(Special focus on Cinema of Prayoga - Indian Experimental/Avant-Garde Cinema)

*. 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)

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27. Poomaram (A Flowering Tree, Vipin Vijay, 2007) 7/10
28. Chitra Sutram (The Image Threads, Vipin Vijay, 2011) 8.5/10

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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

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*. Sakhisona (Prantik Narayan Basu, 2017) 8/10 (26 min)
*. Rang Mahal (Palace of Colours, Prantik Narayan Basu, 2019) 8/10 (26 min)

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31-32. * A collection of shorts (Total: 181 min) (carrying over 21 minutes)

27 features, 21 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)
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25. 9 Variatons on a Dance Theme (Hilary Harris, 13 min)
Verj (Artavazd Peleshian, 10 min)
Thèmes et Variations (Germaine Dulac, 10 min)
Picknick mit Weismann (Jan Svankmajer, 11 min)
Impatience (Charles Dekeukeleire, 36 min)

26. Les Mains Négatives (Marguerite Duras, 14 min)
Obitateli (Artavazd Peleshian, 9 min)
Visions de Lourdes (Charles Dekeukeleire, 18 min)
La Cartomancienne (Jerome Hill, 12 min)
Bezucelná Procházka (Alexander Hammid, 9 min)
De Brug (Joris Ivens, 15 min)
Elms (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, 3 min)

27. L'Invitation au Voyage (Germaine Dulac, 36 min)
Chambre Jaune (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, 8 min)
Beauty (de Schoonheid) (Johan van der Keuken, 22 min)
De Poes (Johan van der Keuken, 5 min)
Paris a l'aube (Johan van der Keuken, 9 min)
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4. ɭeνiɑʈɦɑɳ (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel, 2012) 8

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1. Joy of Learning / Le Gai Savoir (Jean-Luc Godard, 1969) 5+

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2. Pravda (Jean-Luc Godard/Groupe Dziga Vertov, Paul Burron, 1970) 6-

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10. Science Without Substance (Daniel Barnett, 2019) 8/10

-- 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

A bunch of shorts by directors more or less associated with eachother. Nedjar's film works as a sort of room film where the abstarct surfaces in this case often consists of naked bodies. Oozes of carnal lust. The Hernandez and Jakobois films all have merits, but they've both made better films.


11. 2084 (Klaus Wyborny, 1982) 3/10

-- Site Visit (Maïa Cybelle Carpenter, 1998) 9 min, 8/10
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-- Trasparenze (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 1998) 6 min, 7/10
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-- Shutter (Takahiko Iimura, 1971) 30 min, 10/10
Expanded cinema piece that experiments with varying framerates, both for the projector running without film in it and the camera that films the projected image on a screen. This results in various flicker effects. I adore this kind of experimenting down to the very basis of how the camera and the projection works. Only recommended for hardcore experimental fans though.


12. Hommage an Ludwig van Beethoven (Klaus Wyborny, 2006) 7/10
Familiar Wyborny territory. You get the industrial landscapes, the tilted camera angles, the red and blue filters. Here accompanied by music by Beethoven, which sets a slightly different mood than the usual monotonous piano loop, but I actually prefer the piano loop compared to this. It's still really good though, but having seen about 10 similar films, the pow kind of diminishes a bit.


-- Life After Love (Zachary Epcar, 2018) 8 min, 7/10



Count: 12 features, 24 shorts (264 min/80 = 3.3)
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


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
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This challenge is so badly timed for me, because I watched a SLEW of fresh experimental shorts (courtesy of KG) at just the tail-end of January.

The first five shorts I watched added up to exactly 80 minutes! By coincidence. How about that?

1. The Catherine Wheel (1982, feature)...David Byrne/Twyla Tharp dance collaboration
2. five shorts
Solstice (1971, 35 min)...Walter Ungerer...enigmatic nonsense in a forest :)
Il Caso Valdemar 1936 (12 min)...damn interesting horror short that's shockingly gory for its era
La maison tranquille 1901 (2 min)...Melies
Animation School Dropout 2015 (1 min)...utter trash
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
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Two experimental shorts that drive me NUTS because I haven't been able to find them after forever-looking. Anyone?

Natural Features (Gunvor Nelson, 1990)
Bliss (Gregory Markopoulos, 1967)
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Perception de Ambiguity wrote: February 4th, 2021, 2:16 pm [13 min] Lost and Found Films: ● Delay Exposure, ● EE Control, ● Vibration (1986 Summer, Toshio Matsumoto) 4
This made me notice that seven Matsumoto shorts were on IMDb, but not ICM. I just imported them.

1984 Delay Exposure
1974 Fly
1968 Magnetic Scramble
1967 Suhada bi no tame no 12 shô
1964 Olympic o hakobu
1962 Watashi wa nylon
1959 300 ton trailer

Are people naming films that aren't on IMDb? I was trying to whittle down a list of the voted films I haven't seen (I've seen about 60% of the films named so far) but it seems like some don't even have IMDb pages. Like...

Miles (Yann Beauvais, 1983) 3 min
Palimpsest Palindrome (1965-1975, Myron Ort)
Feuerland ist abgebrannt (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 6 min
In Diep Hust (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 5 min
Interno Tautium (Schmelzdahin, 1985) 3 min
Rudi Dörfert (Schmelzdahin, 1984) 14 min
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1. Hôtel Monterey (1973) 5/10
2. News from Home (1977) 6/10
3. D'Est (1993) (1993) 6/10
4. Numéro deux (1975) 4/10
5. Film socialisme (2010) 5/10
6. Le livre d'image (2018) 7/10
7. Entuziazm (Simfoniya Donbassa) (1930) 7/10
8. The Sixth Part of the World (1926) 6/10
9. To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror (1991) 2/10
10. Wavelength (1967) 3/10
11. Back and Forth (1969) 5/10
12. Anticipation of the Night (1958) 5/10
13. The Text of Light (1974) 4/10
14. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967) 7/10 33 min.
23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978) 5/10 31 min.
Star Garden (1974) 5/10 22 min.
15. O'er the Land (2009) 7/10
16. From Hetty to Nancy (1997) 4/10
17. Quixote (1965) 5/10
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1. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika Movie 3 (2013)

I decided not to count the first 2 movies, but I'm counting this one. It's the most experimental of the trilogy. Probably about half of the movie uses experimental animation, and the entire movie is very surreal. Some people say it's similar to End of Evangelion, but I haven't seen EoE recently, so I'm not sure how accurate the comparison is.

Great movie, but be sure to watch either the series or the first 2 movies before you watch the 3rd movie (movies 1 and 2 are a remake of the series, and movie 3 is a sequel).

I took some screenshots so you can see what it looks like.
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28. De Tijd Geest (Johan van der Keuken)

29. On Animal Locomotion (Johan van der Keuken, 14 min)
Anamnesis (Frans Zwartjes, 16 min)
Spectator (Frans Zwartjes, 10 min)
Seats Two (Frans Zwartjes, 9 min)
Sorbet '3' (Frans Zwartjes, 4 min)
Spare Bed-Room (Frans Zwartjes, 15 min)
Behind Your Walls (Frans Zwartjes, 12 min)

30. Medea (Frans Zwartjes)

31. A Fan (Frans Zwartjes, 6 min)
Birds (Frans Zwartjes, 6 min)
Audition (Frans Zwartjes, 38 min)
Moving Stills (Frans Zwartjes, 7 min)
Visual Training (Frans Zwartjes, 8 min)
Living (Frans Zwartjes, 15 min)
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Ebbywebby wrote: February 8th, 2021, 12:34 am Are people naming films that aren't on IMDb?
Yes. I've added a few, but won't bother with everything.
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mjf314 wrote: February 8th, 2021, 3:23 am I took some screenshots so you can see what it looks like.
Nice, I'll have to seek this one out!
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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)

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Consisting of shots that simply pan up various pairs of legs, this experimental movie from John Lennon and Yoko Ono is more dynamic than it might sound. The biggest plus that the project has going for it is the audio design which consists of conversation highlights as Lennon and Ono talk to their participants about this absurd project to "help promote peace". The deviations that are eventually show up are fascinating too: legs in boots, prosthetic legs etc.
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From "The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell"

1a. Bookstalls (1938)
1b. Jack's Dream (1938)
1c. Children's Party (1938)
[apparently, this is mislabeled on the disk]
1d. Aviary (1955)
1e. Centuries of June (1955)
1f. Fable for Fountains (1957)
1g. Angel (1957)
1h. Nymphlight (1957)

"Jack's Dream", "Children's Party" and "Centuries of June" were rewatches.
All the films are silent, the first six are black and white, the last two are in color. "Angel" does have some nice colors of flowers and of the sky reflected in a pond.
The films from the 30s seem to use a lot of found footage, the latter films appear to be Cornell's home movies, basically.
Not much image manipulation in any of these, only some slow motion, which adds to the dreamy feel of the films.
The films are relaxing, but nothing more, and the all blend together. 7/10 for every one of them.


To get to 80 min., I rewatched my favorite Cornell

1i. By Night with Torch and Spear (1942)

Found footage, like the 30s films, but the footage is more impressive (things like a steel factory and a tribal hunt), and Cornell does interesting things to it: flips it upside down, or uses the negative.
This was 10/10 for me, and it remained so.



Moving on to another guy who makes silent films

2a. The Wonder Ring (1955)

This felt more like Brakhage than Cornell (hardly any people seen, playing with patterns of light), and according to Brakhage's story on one of the DVD extras, he shot all of it. Cornell only provided the rolls of film, and was disappointed with the final result.

2b. The Dead (1960)
2c. Two: Creeley/McClure (1965)
2d. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967)
2e. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978)


Nothing to say here - I usually get nothing out of Brakhage's films.


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1a. Bookstalls (1938)
1b. Jack's Dream (1938)
1c. Children's Party (1938)
1d. Aviary (1955)
1e. Centuries of June (1955)
1f. Fable for Fountains (1957)
1g. Angel (1957)
1h. Nymphlight (1957)
1i. By Night with Torch and Spear (1942)

2a. The Wonder Ring (1955)
2b. The Dead (1960)
2c. Two: Creeley/McClure (1965)
2d. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part I (1967)
2e. 23rd Psalm Branch: Part II (1978)
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Ebbywebby wrote: February 7th, 2021, 9:51 pm This challenge is so badly timed for me, because I watched a SLEW of fresh experimental shorts (courtesy of KG) at just the tail-end of January.

The first five shorts I watched added up to exactly 80 minutes! By coincidence. How about that?

1. The Catherine Wheel (1982, feature)...David Byrne/Twyla Tharp dance collaboration
2. five shorts
Solstice (1971, 35 min)...Walter Ungerer...enigmatic nonsense in a forest :)
Il Caso Valdemar 1936 (12 min)...damn interesting horror short that's shockingly gory for its era
La maison tranquille 1901 (2 min)...Melies
Animation School Dropout 2015 (1 min)...utter trash
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
"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.
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https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/chao ... ebbywebby/

PS My partly imported "Chaotic Cinema" list has plenty of viewing ideas, though not all the films qualify for this category.
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Onderhond wrote: February 8th, 2021, 11:34 am
mjf314 wrote: February 8th, 2021, 3:23 am I took some screenshots so you can see what it looks like.
Nice, I'll have to seek this one out!
I liked the Madoka Magica series and film sequel quite a bit. It's a very good subversion of the magical girl trope so common in anime and the labyrinth sections really are fascinatingly bizarre in their execution.

Also I would say End of Eva is even more abstract and bizarre than Madoka.
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32. Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (Groupe Dziga Vertov)
33. Ryakushô: renzoku shasatsuma (Masao Adachi)
34. Sain (Masao Adachi)
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Ebbywebby wrote: February 9th, 2021, 1:23 am
Ebbywebby wrote: February 7th, 2021, 9:51 pm This challenge is so badly timed for me, because I watched a SLEW of fresh experimental shorts (courtesy of KG) at just the tail-end of January.

The first five shorts I watched added up to exactly 80 minutes! By coincidence. How about that?

1. The Catherine Wheel (1982, feature)...David Byrne/Twyla Tharp dance collaboration
2. five shorts
Solstice (1971, 35 min)...Walter Ungerer...enigmatic nonsense in a forest :)
Il Caso Valdemar 1936 (12 min)...damn interesting horror short that's shockingly gory for its era
La maison tranquille 1901 (2 min)...Melies
Animation School Dropout 2015 (1 min)...utter trash
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
"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.
4. "Ici et Ailleurs" (1976)...political Godard. Not as unwatchable as some of his other films from the period. Officially 53 minutes.
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4. Bronenosets Potemkin (1925) Battleship Potemkin 7
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
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The race is tightening and more participants are joining!

Watch out, jeroeno, jdidaco is coming at top speed!

Lu-Chin, Insonius and klaus78 are also giving this their all - and a special cheers to Insomnius for adding thoughts on many of the films seen.

The big reviewer in this challenge, however, is Sol, who has reviewed each of the 8 films he has seen so far. Incredible!

And happy to see strong consistent participation from Perception, Ebbywebby, Hurluburlu, peeptoad and Dolwphin too.

I also wish Mjf and FrBrown welcome to the challenge and am happy to see

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Rank Participant Count Features Shorts Reviews
1 jeroeno 34 21 91 -
2 jdidaco 32 27 21 -
3 Lu-Chin 17 16 3 -
4 Insonius 12 12 +24 9
5 klaus78 10 0 67 -
6 sol 8 8 - 8
6.5 Perception de Ambiguity 7 7 +29 2
7 St. Gloede 7 7 - 7
9 Ebbywebby 5 4 5 2
10 hurluburlu 4 4 - -
11 peeptoad 4 3 7 -
12 maxwelldeux 2 2 - 2
12 Dolwphin 2 1 10 1
12 frbrown 2 - 14 3
13 connordenney 1 1 - -
13 mjf314 1 1 - -
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https://beta.icheckmovies.com/lists/355 ... htcone.org

I don't know how I forgot to promote this list as a source for finding films to watch. Them's easy pickings, because most of the films are short and you can just plow through them here and there.

PS I'm charted as four features and five shorts, but I think it's actually three features and six shorts?
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8. Hotel Monterey (1973, Chantal Akerman)

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A disappointment. I am a little mixed on Akerman's filmography, but this may be my least favourite from her. I simply did not think she managed to capture an atmosphere or impression about this hotel that told me anything or involved me. It is fairly well-shot, and a little melancholic, but that is the extent of what the long, adequate shots of rooms, halls, roofs, etc. gave me. 4/10.



9. Jour après jour / Day After Day (2006, Jean-Paul Fargier, Jean-Daniel Pollet)

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A beautiful farewell from Pollet, Day After Day shows the pictures he took, day after day, in the last  2 years of his life. 

Hands shaking, dying from cancer, the entire film, except our opening shots of Pollet struggling with his camera, is composed of these still photographs. Pollet died only 2 days after the editing was completed, and was assisted by Fargier to complete the film.

As the images roll, and we see Pollet's surroundings, from simple shots of flowers and fruits, to shots of the outside, and what he is reading. We can see in these shots also his limited capacity, and the limitations and repetitions are given added emotional resonance. We can feel him holding on, yet fading - contemplating his last days on earth. 8.5/10

Edit: I just realized I'm the sole check for this film ...


10. The Rub (2018, Péter Lichter, Bori Máté)

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The Rub is an odd retelling of hamlet, hand-painting a simply incredible amount of frames from popular films, and merging it together into a fairly unique and beautifully crafted experience. However, it is a film of which I appreciate the work going into it more than the actual act of seeing it. While much of the imagery is stunning, the actual film stock just doesn't really work and adds a slightly cheap feeling. Adding to that, the retelling of Hamlet (seemingly wanting to place us in his mind) did nothing what so ever for me - leaving me quite unimpressed with everything but the craft. 5/10.


11. The Rare Event (2018, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell)

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This is possible a film that could flourish into a favourite or fall in my appreciation if I ever read up on Lacanian philosophy and look into the foundations of what is discussed, but all that aside: The Rare Event ended up being so much more delightful and exciting than expected. 

Set against intimate philosophical discussions, panels and interviews - with a man in a green suit either sitting with them, conducting the interview, walking around them - and possibly there, possibly not - The Rare Event looks at "magic" - and may just be tricking your mind in the gentlest of ways. I have to say that the man in the green suit, as just that, looks a little silly, but when the effects are put into play it becomes quite exciting and spellbinding.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the unusual camera work, filming peoples backs, necks, chairs and moving in such a way to cause suspense and anticipation. A very fun little film. 7/10.
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It should be clarified that The Wonder Ring (Brakhage, 1955) & Gnir Rednow (Cornell, 1955) are two different films. The latter consists of outtakes of the former, that Cornell assembled himself to his own liking. I personally found Cornell's vision to be more engaging than Brakhage in this particular case.
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