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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Manhatta: a Study of Modern Babylon-on-the-Hudson
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directed by Paul Strand, 1890-1976 and Charles Sheeler, 1883-1965, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 12 mins,
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In 1920, photographer Paul Strand and painter-photographer Charles Sheeler, who had acquired a French 35mm Debrie movie camera, collaborated on a short non-commercial art film, no titled Manhatta. They began to shoot in lower Manhattan, working without scenario or script. Many of the scenes were made from the uppe...

directed by Paul Strand, 1890-1976 and Charles Sheeler, 1883-1965, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 12 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Manhatta: A Study of the Modern Babylon-on-the-Hudson
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directed by Paul Strand, 1890-1976 and Charles Sheeler, 1883-1965, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 12 mins,
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"Manhatta is a singular, landmark accomplishment in the history of early twentieth-century modernism. A collaboration between two very different artistic temperaments, Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, Manhatta stands at a crossroad of various ideas about what modernism was and could be in 1920. It is an homage to...

directed by Paul Strand, 1890-1976 and Charles Sheeler, 1883-1965, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 12 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Ballet Mechanique
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directed by Fernand Léger, 1881-1955 and Dudley Murphy, 1897-1968; produced by André Charlot, 1882-1956, Synchro-Ciné; performed by Alice Prin, 1901-1953, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (London, England: Flicker Alley, 2015), 17 mins,
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The film approaches a new form of visual music based upon object identification and then veers off into a profound new direction based upon randomly ordered variations of montage rhythms in time. A Harlem jazz drummer performed a "unique and original accompaniment of drums only" for the film's New York City screen...

directed by Fernand Léger, 1881-1955 and Dudley Murphy, 1897-1968; produced by André Charlot, 1882-1956, Synchro-Ciné; performed by Alice Prin, 1901-1953, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (London, England: Flicker Alley, 2015), 17 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Anémic Cinéma
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directed by Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968; produced by Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 7 mins,
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Thought provoking and offensive are possible ways to interpret the ten optical discs and corresponding puns displayed in the film. The word play of French syllogisms gleefully collides with the protruding-receding optical illusions of the rotating spheres. Julien Levy called the film Spirals and screened it repeat...

directed by Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968; produced by Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 7 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Skyscraper Symphony
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directed by Robert Florey, 1900-1979, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 9 mins,
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The most fantastic effects were secured in shooting sheer heights. It was partly the architectural wonder of New York that made the film so stirring, but, really, it was the artist's touch that moved one, the catching of mood, line, color, and feeling in the strange, walled city.

35mm 1.33:1 black & white silen...

directed by Robert Florey, 1900-1979, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 9 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Mechanical Principles
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directed by Ralph Steiner, 1899-1986, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 11 mins,
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Round and round go the gears in this extraordinary study. Ralph Steiner's second film is mesmerizing in its attention to concentric, repetitive mechanized motions. Far from being pedantic or boring, the movements fascinate and titillate. The comedic is equally central to Steiner's fascination with human-like inter...

directed by Ralph Steiner, 1899-1986, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 11 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, A Bronx Morning
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directed by Jay Leyda, 1910-1988, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 15 mins,
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Jay Leyda was only 20 years old when he filmed his ode to the Bronx. The film pulses with an intelligence normally attributed to a mature artist and not a first-time filmmaker. His approach offers a beautiful moment-to-moment observation of lives once lived one morning in a borough of New York City.

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directed by Jay Leyda, 1910-1988, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 15 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Thimble Theater
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directed by Joseph Cornell, 1903-1972 and Larry Jordan, 1934-, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 7 mins,
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Cornell's editing tactic is to seduce through the use of dislodged movie tropes. Hence, the viewer is cut loose from any normal meanings to pursue the snippets of clips and fragments taken from long-forgotten obscure movies. One is encouraged to let the Cornellian montages wash over them in an endless reverie of e...

directed by Joseph Cornell, 1903-1972 and Larry Jordan, 1934-, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 7 mins,
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Pursuit of Happiness
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in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 9 mins

Photographer Rudy Burckhardt shows us the ebb and flow of people rushing about Manhattan. Equally exhilarating is his novel approach to snap images quickly on the run, a method he inaugurated and that continues to the present day. In film, he added slow and fast motion, split-screens and superimpositions to his re...

in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 9 mins
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Tarantella
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directed by Mary Ellen Bute, 1906-1983 and Ted Nemeth, 1911-1986; produced by Ted Nemeth Studio Production, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 5 mins

This new medium of expression is the Absolute Film. Here the artist creates a world of color, form, movement, and sound in which the elements are in a state of controllable flux, the two materials (visual and aural) being subject to any conceivable interrelation and modification.

35mm 1.37:1 color sound; productio...

directed by Mary Ellen Bute, 1906-1983 and Ted Nemeth, 1911-1986; produced by Ted Nemeth Studio Production, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 5 mins
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