Long before home video there flourished an alternative cinema culture on college campuses and around art theaters, where foreign film fare was often accompanied by a short subject. As reliable 16mm film equipment became available to non-professionals, artists independent of film centers began experimenting with cinema. Serious film societies sprang up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, holding semi-private screenings of non-commercial artistic films. For years, these pictures have been exhibited only in infrequent museum screenings, if at all. This collection is of mainly American pictures, principally one-man artistic endeavors made from little more than an artist's desire to express feelings with a camera.
Title from disc label; edition and some credits from container.
"Produced for video by Bret Wood"--Container.
Third film has container title: The tell-tale heart.
Special features: Notes by K.A. Westphal for each film are available via the "Select a film" menu; Introduction to bonus films; Tomatos another day outtakes.
Danse macabre: music, Camille Saint-Saëns ; animation, F.A.A. Dahme. Rien que les heures: photography, James Rogers ; music, Larry Marotta. Telltale heart: photography, Leo Shamroy ; music, Sue Harshe. Tarantella: music, Edwin Gerschefski. Four in the afternoon: music, William O. Smith. La mort du cerf: photography, Emile Houdeyer ; music, Maurice Thiriet ; English translation, Anna-Elisa and Jerome Mackowiak. Image in the snow: music, Ben Weber. The voices: music, Warren Burns. Closed vision: English adaptation and translation, Matthew Carney ; director of photography, J.G. Albicocco ; editing, J.G. Albicocco ; music, Roger Calmel. Episodes in the life of a gin bottle: music, Paul Mercer, Bruce Bennett, and Davis Petterson. Dementia: photography, William C. Thompson ; music, George Antheil. Falling pink: music, Paul Mercer and Bruce Bennett.
Danse macabre: Adolph Bolm, Ruth Page, Olin Howland. Rein que les heures: Blanche Bernis, Philippe Hériat. The telltale heart: Otto Matiesen. The petrified dog: Gail Randall, Marie Hirsh, Jo Landor, Ian Zellick, Leslie Turner, Carl Austen, William Heick, Charles Mather, Hal Bronstein. The lead shoes: Jeremy Anderson, Elsa Barrett, Jack Klough. Four in the afternoon: Ann Halprin, Welland Lathrop, Charmian St. John, Don Penney. Image in the snow: Hunter Jones, Ellen McCool ; narrator, Ben Moore. Closed vision: Daniele Maurel, Robert R. Guiot, Merlin Hare ; narrator (French), Jean-Pierre Harrison ; narrator (English), Lewis Carliner. Episodes in the life of a gin bottle: Rex Lease. Falling pink: Lynn [i.e. Llyn] Foulkes.
Silent or with music; credits, intertitles, and some dialogue in English and French; occasional subtitles in English (on selected films).
Disc 2: The plague summer / adapted from "The journal of Albion Moonlight" by Kenneth Patchen ; [dir.] Chester Kessler (1951, U.S.) (16 min.)
La mort du cerf = The death of a stag / réalisé par Dimitri Kirsanoff ; production des Films Kirsanoff (1951, France) (12 min.)
Image in the snow / a film poem by Willard Maas ; a Gryphon production (1952, U.S.) (26 min.)
Celery stalks at midnight / John Whitney (1951, U.S.) (3 min.)
The voices / [presented by] Raymond Rohauer ; directed by John E. Schmitz ; original story and photography by John E. Schmitz (1953, U.S.) (14 min.)
Closed vision = close vision / dialogue and screen treatment by Jean Cocteau ; directed by Marc'O ; production, the Society of Cinema Arts ; producer, Leon Vickman ; text, scenario, dialogues, Marc'O (1954, Franco-American) (65 min.). Bonus films: Episodes in the life of a gin bottle / a Cine Art Library film ; Bela von Block (ca. 1925, U.S.) (11 min.)
Schichlegruber doing the Lambeth Walk (Lambeth Walk
Nazi style) / [presented by] Official Films ; produced by Leslie Winik ; [dir.] Charles A. Ridley (1941, U.K.) (2 min.)
Dementia (excerpt) / John J. Parker (1953, U.S.) (7 min.)
Falling pink / [presented by] Robair ; produced and directed by Robert H. Spring (1956-59, U.S.) (9 min.).
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