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UNSEEN CINEMA 1: The Mechanized Eye: Experiments in Technique and Form, Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace, Paris Exposition Films (1900)  [5 film compilation]
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THE MECHANIZED EYE is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. This was the first important international exposition after the invention of cinema, and filmmakers used it as a venue to demonstrate innovations. Many of them made films to bring the ex...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 1: The Mechanized Eye: Experiments in Technique and Form, Oil: A Symphony in Motion
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THE MECHANIZED EYE is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Utilizing a monologue, ‘oil’ narrates its rise to power in this amateur film produced in Los Angeles. The images, mostly held in heroic, high-angle shots against an open sky, are str...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 1: The Mechanized Eye: Experiments in Technique and Form, Panorama View Street Car Motor Room, Westinghouse Works Panoramas (1904)  [2-film compilation]
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THE MECHANIZED EYE is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. G.W. “Billy” Bitzer’s cinematography was famous for the expressive realism it added to D. W. Griffith’s films. Before those he shot hundreds of others, this being one of his best...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 2: The Devil's Playground: American Surrealism, Dream Fantasy Wedding - Beggar on Horseback - excerpt
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THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. In a plot adapted from Kaufman and Connelly’s play, Edward Everett Horton plays a composer so desperate he proposes to a wealthy girl rather than the one he loves. This nightmare...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 2: The Devil's Playground: American Surrealism, Food Induced Nightmare, When the Clouds Roll By - excerpt
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THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Inspired by “Dream of a Rarebit Fiend” (1906), this sequence is the most remarkable example of the avant-garde in a mainstream Hollywood release. Fleming and Fairbanks worked w...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 2: The Devil's Playground: American Surrealism, The Love of Zero
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THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Robert Florey, a French cineaste, and William Cameron Menzies, a top Hollywood art director, combined talents to show the influence of Caligari and other European film experiments,...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction, 1941
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LIGHT RHYTHMS is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Lee’s emotionally powerful rendering of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is presented as an abstract, animated action painting, its saturated color made possible thro...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction, Glens Falls Sequence
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in UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction (Filmmakers Showcase), 12 mins
LIGHT RHYTHMS is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. For this collection of very short animations, made over a nine-year period, Douglass Crockwell added or removed non-drying paint on glass frame by frame, squeezed paint between two sheets of...
in UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction (Filmmakers Showcase), 12 mins
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UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction, Light Rhythms, Light and Abstraction
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In the late 1920s, Francis Bruguière exhibited photographic works based on dramatically lit, cut, and folded paper shapes, some figurative, some abstract. “Light Rhythms” is a strictly abstract film that added new dimensions to these shapes: moving light sources, a scheme of superimpositions, and the elements...
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UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction, Moods of the Sea
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in UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction (Filmmakers Showcase), 10 mins
LIGHT RHYTHMS is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Slavko Vorkapich stubbornly advocated the potential of cinema as an independent art that could achieve the heights of visual poetry through its organization of light and motion, just as great...
in UNSEEN CINEMA 3: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction (Filmmakers Showcase), 10 mins
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