Avant-garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and 30s


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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. Programming diverse films at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, and making the films in his personal archive available for commercial distribution, he helped preserve and promote avant-garde cinema.

This two-DVD collection assembles some of the most influential and eclectic short films in the Rohauer Collection, including works by Man Ray, Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Watson & Webber, Fernand Léger, Joris Ivens, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Epstein, and Orson Welles.


Disc 1

  • Le Retour à la raison  (Man Ray, France, 1923, 2 min.)
  • Emak-Bakia  (Man Ray, France, 1926, 16 min.)
  • L'Étoile de mer  (Man Ray, France, 1928, 15.5 min.)
  • Les Mystères du château du Dé  (Man Ray, France, 1929, 20 min.)
  • The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra  (Slavko Vorkapich, Robert Florey, U.S., 1928, 13 min.)
  • Ménilmontant  (Dimitri Kirsanoff, France, 1926, 37 min.)
  • Brumes d'automne  (Dimitri Kirsanoff, France, 1928, 12 min.)
  • Lot in Sodom  (James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber, U.S., 1933, 27 min.)
  • Rhythmus 21  (Hans Richter, Germany, 1921, 3 min.)
  • Vormittagsspuk (Ghosts Before Breakfast)  (Hans Richter, Germany, 1928, 9 min.)
  • Anémic cinéma  (Marcel Duchamp, France, 1926, 6.5 min.)
  • Ballet mécanique  (Fernand Léger, France, 1924, 11 min.)
  • Symphonie diagonale  (Viking Eggeling, France, 1924, 7 min.)
  • Le Vampire  (Jean Painlevé, France, 1939, 8.5 min.)
  • The Hearts of Age  (Orson Welles, William Vance, U.S., 1934, 8 min.)

Disc 2

  • Überfall  (Ernö Metzner, Germany, 1928, 22 min.)
  • La glace à trois faces  (Jean Epstein, France, 1927, 33 min.)
  • Le Tempestaire  (Jean Epstein, France, 1947, 22.5 min.)
  • Romance sentimentale  (Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori V. Alexandrov, France, 1930, 20 min.)
  • Autumn Fire  (Herman G. Weinberg, U.S., 1931, 15 min.)
  • Manhattan  (Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler, U.S., 1921, 10 min.)
  • La Coquille et le clergyman  (Germaine Dulac, France, 1926, 31.5 min.)
  • Regen (Rain)  (Joris Ivens, the Netherlands, 1929, 14 min.)
  • H2O  (Ralph Steiner, U.S., 1929, 12 min.)
  • Even -- As You and I  (Roger Barlow, Harry Hay, LeRoy Robbins, U.S., 1937, 12 min.)


  • Film notes by film critic/historian Elliott Stein
  • Optional English subtitles (on selected films)
  • Dual-layer RSDL edition for optimal image quality

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Publishing date: 

Tuesday, August 2, 2005






English intertitles, English, and French







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