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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, The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra
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directed by Robert Florey, 1900-1979 and Slavko Vorkapić, 1894-1976; produced by Robert Florey, 1900-1979; performed by Robert Florey, 1900-1979, Voya George, 1895-1951 and Jules Raucourt, 1890-1967, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 1928), 13 mins
This experimental film by Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich is about a man who comes to Hollywood and ends up as extra 9413
directed by Robert Florey, 1900-1979 and Slavko Vorkapić, 1894-1976; produced by Robert Florey, 1900-1979; performed by Robert Florey, 1900-1979, Voya George, 1895-1951 and Jules Raucourt, 1890-1967, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 1928), 13 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.

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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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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, Lot in Sodom
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directed by Melville Webber, 1871-1947 and James Sibley Watson, 1894-1982; composed by Louis Siegel, 1885-1955; produced by Remsen Wood, fl. 1933, Alec Wilder, 1907-1980, Melville Webber, 1871-1947, James Sibley Watson, 1894-1982 and Bernard O'Brien, fl. 1933, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 26 mins
35mm 1:20:1 black & white sound; direction by Melville Webber, Alec Wilder, Remsen Wood; script by J.S. Watson Jr., Melville Webber adapted from Genesis 19:8; camera-printed effects by J.S. Watson Jr.; costumes-sets by Melville Webber; sets-miniatures by Steve Kraskiewicz; sound recording by Bernard O'Brien; music...
directed by Melville Webber, 1871-1947 and James Sibley Watson, 1894-1982; composed by Louis Siegel, 1885-1955; produced by Remsen Wood, fl. 1933, Alec Wilder, 1907-1980, Melville Webber, 1871-1947, James Sibley Watson, 1894-1982 and Bernard O'Brien, fl. 1933, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 26 mins
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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970, Poem 8
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directed by Emlen Etting, 1905-1993; produced by Emlen Etting, 1905-1993, Image Entertainment; performed by Caresse Crosby, 1891-1970, Agnes Hitchcock, fl. 1930 and Mary Binney Montgomery, 1907-1995, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 20 mins
16mm 1.37:1 black & white silent 18fps; new music by Rodney Sauer; with Elizabeth Binney Montgomery, Agnes Hitchcock, Caresse Crosby. Mr. Etting's own film is still uncut, therefore hard to discuss. He has excellent camera work, as in shots of outdoor dancing staged by Mary Binney Montgomery. He shows excellent ey...
directed by Emlen Etting, 1905-1993; produced by Emlen Etting, 1905-1993, Image Entertainment; performed by Caresse Crosby, 1891-1970, Agnes Hitchcock, fl. 1930 and Mary Binney Montgomery, 1907-1995, in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Films 1920-1970 (Los Angeles, CA: Flicker Alley, 2015), 20 mins
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