Avant-Garde 2: Experimental Cinema from 1928-1954


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In the latter half of the 20th Century, Raymond Rohauer was one of the nation's foremost proponents of experimental cinema. This two-disc collection continues Kino's tribute to the Rohauer Collection, including the early works of Stan Brakhage and influential films by Willard Maas, Gregory Markopoulos, Marie Menken, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Mitry, Sidney Peterson and others. The pièce de résistance is Jean Isidore Isou's passionate manifesto of film aesthetics Traitéde Bave et D'eternité (Venom and Eternity), which sparked a riot when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1951. This edition of Venom includes 34 minutes of footage never seen in the United States.

Disc One

- Geography Of The Body
US 1943 B&W 7 Min.
Willard Maas
- The Mechanics Of Love
US 1955 B&W 5 Min.
Willard Maas and Ben Moore
- Visual Variations On Noguchi
US 1945 B&W 4 Min.
Marie Menken
- The Potted Psalm
US 1946 B&W 18 Min.
Sidney Peterson & James Broughton
- The Cage
US 1947 B&W 28 Min.
Sidney Peterson
- House Of Cards
US 1947 B&W 16 Min.
Joseph Vogel
- Christmas, U.S.A.
US 1949 B&W 13 Min.
Gregory J. Markopoulos
- Adventures Of Jimmy
US 1950 B&W 10 Min.
James Broughton
- Interim
US 1952 B&W 24 Min.
Stan Brakhage
- Unglassed Windows Cast A Terrible Reflection
US 1953 B&W 29 Min.
Stan Brakhage
- The Way To Shadow Garden
US 1954 B&W 11 Min.
Stan Brakhage
- The Extraordinary Child
US 1954 B&W 13 Min.
Stan Brakhage

Disc Two

- Rebus-Film No. 1
US 1928 B&W 15 Min.
Paul Leni
- The Fall Of The House Of Usher
US 1928 B&W 12 Min.
James Watson & Melville Webber
- Pacific 231
France 1949 B&W 10 Min.
Jean Mitry
- Arriere Saison
France 1950 B&W 15 Min.
Dimitri Kirsanoff
- Traité De Bave et d'eternité
(Venom and Eternity) France 1951 B&W 111 Min.
Jean Isidore Isou

Music composed and performed by Sue Harshe, Larry Marotta and Jon C. Mirsalis

* Film notes by film critic/historian Elliott Stein
* Theatrical trailer of Traité De Bave et d'eternité
* Dual-layer RSDL edition for optimal image quality

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Kino Video

Publishing date: 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009




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