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  • Jan Švankmajer: The Complete Short Films

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    svankmajer.jpgAfter the release last year of the Quay Brothers compilation , the British Film Institute has released, a few days before its planned released date the DVD edition of the complete short films of Jan Švankmajer .

    This edition (more comprehensive than the US edition by Kino Video) boasts nearly 8 hours of material (with more than 2 and a half of them extra material) in 3 DVD discs and a 56-page booklet. Among the extra features are the first film that Svankmajer worked on (Johannes Doktor Faust, 1958), excerpts from Nick Carter in Prague (1977), a French documentary (Les Chimeres des Svankmajer, 2001), an interview for Czech TV in 2001 and the homage to Jan Svankmajer by the Brothers Quay (The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer, 1984) in its full length version.

    Also worthy of notice (though not experimental) is the BFI's compilation Science is Fiction / The Sounds of Science: The films of Jean Painlevé .

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  • Avant Garde: Experimental Cinema 1928-1954

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    Avant Garde 2At last, the second volume 2 of Kino Video's Avant garde: Experimental cinema series has been announced. With the release date set to July 24th, this 2 DVD set features an incredible selection of films from the Raymond Rohauer collection with works by Brakhage, Menken, Maas, Peterson, Broughton, etc...
    The works included in this set are: Geography of the Body (Willard Maas, USA, 1943, 7 mins.); The Mechanics of Love (Maas/Ben Moore, USA, 1955, 5 mins.); Visual Variations on Noguchi (Marie Menken, USA, 1945, 4 mins.); The Potted Psalm (Sidney Peterson/James Broughton, USA, 1946, 18 mins.); The Cage (Peterson, USA, 1947, 28 mins.); House of Cards (Joseph Vogel, USA, 1947, 16 mins.); Christmas, U.S.A. (Gregory J. Markopoulos, USA, 1949, 13 mins.); Adventures of Jimmy (Broughton, USA, 1950, 10 mins.); Interim (Stan Brakhage, USA, 1952, 24 mins.); Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection (Brakhage, USA, 1953, 29 mins.); The Way to Shadow Garden (Brakhage, USA, 1954, 11 mins.); The Extraordinary Child (Brakhage, USA, 1954, 13 mins.); Rebus-Film No. 1 (Paul Leni, USA, 1928, 15 mins.); The Fall of the House of Usher (James Watson/Melville Webber, USA, 1928, 12 mins.); Pacific 231 (Jean Mitry, France, 1949, 10 mins.); Arriere Saison (Dimitri Kisanoff, France, 1950, 15 mins.); and Traite de bave et d'eternite (Jean Isidore Isou, France, 1951, 111 mins.). Includes film notes by critic/historian Elliott Stein, theatrical trailer of Traite de bave et d'eternite. 2 DVDs, NTSC, 4:3, 350 min., 29,95$. Available for preorder at several sites such as Amazon and Facets.

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  • Masterworks on DVD

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    Two masterworks from the last century have seen the light this month on DVD:

    Invisible adversaries- VALIE EXPORT's (Linz, Austria, 1940) Invisible adversaries (Unsichtbare Gegner, 1976) is #21 in Index's DVD journey through austrian and international experimental cinema. Anna (Susanne Widl), a Viennese photographer, discovers that extra-terrestrial beings are colonizing the minds of her fellow citizens by raising the human aggression quotient. The outer world immediately becomes disjointed, but the inner world does too, as Anna and her love (Peter Weibel) try to hang onto their deteriorating relationship. Gene Youngblood said that Invisible adversaries is "among the most innovative and important experimental narratives ever made". 1 DVD, 104 min., German with english subtitles, PAL, All regions, Colour & B&W, 30€.

     

     

    zwartjes - At last, the work of Netherland's Frans Zwartjes (Alkmaar, Netherlands, 1927) in a 2 DVD disc edition. Frans Zwartjes: The great cinema magician features Zwartjes' films Seats Two (1970), Behind Your Walls (1970), Living (1971), Audition (1973), Bedsitters (1974), Pentimento (1972), Sorbet 3 (1968), Birds (1968), Spectator (1970), A Fan (1968), Visual Training (1969), Anamnesis (1969), Spare Bedroom (1970) and Ruud Monster's documentary De grote tovenaar (The great magician). 2 DVDs, 310 min., Dutch with english subtitles, PAL, Colour & B&W, 24.95€.

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  • Lowave: April releases

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    Hors pistesHors pistes presents three films from the first Hors Pistes festival (2006), sponsored by the Centre Pompidou and L'Agence du court métrage. The films selected walk the path between fiction and documentary: Connaisance du monde (drame psychologique) (France, 2004) by Philippe Fernandez, Loisada, Avenue C (France-USA, 2004) by Maeva Aubert and Pick up (France, 2004) by Lucía Sánchez. Bonus: Festival's trailer and opening night. 1 DVD9, 145 minutes, English & French subtitles, All regions, PAL 4:3, Stereo.

     
    Monkey Party Monkey_Party is an interactive DVD video installation by the french projectsinge group. Monkey_Party plays differently each time seeking to offer a "home based audiovisual installation" to engage the viewer in "an alternative
    way, an adventure, where the direction and viewing is never twice the
    same." 1 DVD5, 60 minutes, All regions, PAL 4:3, Dolby 5:1.

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  • More March DVD releases

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    hybride- French publisher Lowave has just released Johanna Vaude: Hybride, a compilation of six films by Johanna Vaude: L’œil sauvage (1998), Notre Icare (2001), Samouraï (2002), Totalité remix (2005), De l’Amort (2006) and Exploration (2006). Vaude, a multi-faceted artist, who has ventured into painting, drawing, photography, poetry, video and installations uses in each film different kinds of media and techniques: painting, synthetic images, 3D, photos, Super 8 films and DV. Extras: Interview with the artist / Biography / Filmography / Gallery of photograms and a booklet with Johanna Vaude: "Diagram of the contemporary image" by Nicole Brenez and 4 poems by Johanna Vaude. 1 DVD-10, 82 minutes, PAL/NTSC, Region Free, stereo, 4:3. 25 €.

     

    New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 - Tzadik, John Zorn's label is releasing on March 27th the DVD edition of New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 (1992), in which Ken Jacobs combines found-footage film with music and sound from vocalist Catherine Jauniaux and the late cellist Tom Cora. Originally a Nervous System performance, this version has been reconstructed from scratch (film-frame by film-frame) on the computer. 1 DVD, 132 minutes, NTSC, Colour, Dolby, 4:3. 29,99$.

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  • Avant-Garde 'Treasures from American Film Archives' on the works

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    NFPFWe read in Masters of Cinema about this not-too-widely spread piece of news: the National Film Preservation Foundation announced last December that they were working on the fourth installment in their essential Treasures from American Film Archives series, this time completely devoted to american postwar avant-garde films. From the original notice:

     

    "Treasures IV: The American Avant-Garde Film, 1945-1985 will showcase films preserved by the nation's preeminent avant-garde film repositories—the Academy
    of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, the Museum of
    Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the Pacific Film Archive—and will
    illustrate the diverse currents in avant-garde filmmaking during the four
    decades following World War II."

    This production has grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Treasures IV will be a 2 DVD disc set and will be released in fall 2008. It looks that it will be a perfect complement to last year's Unseen Cinema.

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  • Jordan Belson: 5 essential films

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    Belson DVDThe Center for Visual Music has started taking pre-orders for Jordan Belson: 5 essential films, a DVD contaning the shorts Allures (1961), Samadhi (1967), Light (1973), Fountain of Dreams (1984), and Epilogue (2005). Jordan Belson is possibly the most infuiential abstract filmmaker in the last century. The Center for Visual Music previously released the DVD Oskar Fischinger: Ten films.

    This DVD is labelled as the "first in a series". Pre-orders are currently only available through fax or mail. DVD, NTSC, Region-free, Color, Sound, 4:3, 25$.

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  • DVD releases from Cult Epics

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    Un chant d'amourCult Epics, has announced its upcoming releases in DVD:

     - Un Chant d'amour: At last, Jean Genet's poetic masterpiece in a complete and restored version. This 2 DVD limited edition will feature the complete version, with a video introduction by Jonas Mekas and audio commentary by Kenneth Anger, The second DVD 
    includes GENET a Documentary (1981) by Antoine Bourseiller, JEAN GENET an Interview (1982) by Bertrand Poirot-Delpech. A must. February 28. 29,95 $.

    - Cinema of Death compiles recent films dealing with death and the extreme. The films included are:
    Adoration
    (Olivier Smolders, Belgium/1987) is the true story of a Japanese man's love
    crazed obsession for a woman, which ends in cannibalism; Dislandia (Brian M. Viveros,
    USA/2005), a disturbing observance of Lindsey - a child existing in an indistinguishable
    time and place, haunted by surrealist visions;  Pig (Nico B, USA/1999), a poetic film in
    which we see the subconscious of a killer transform into abstract forms and material, all
    deriving from his suffering and desperation; Hollywood Babylon (Nico B, USA/2000), an homage to Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon,
    shot at the Museum of Death, California;  Le Poem (Bogdan Borkowski, France/1986), an actual
    autopsy of a human body accompanied by the poem 'The Drunken Boat' by Arthur Rimbaud. March 27. 29,95$.

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  • New DVD releases 20/11

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    Lux has published two new DVDs of british experimental cinema:


    Novaczek DVD- Ruth Novaczek Selected Film and Video 1990-2005  is a 2 disc set with the major films by filmmaker and painter Ruth Novaczek. The first disc centers on her earlier works, dealing 'primarily with notions of identity, often with an ironic or comic angle'; the second disc, containing her later works, 'experiments with abstraction and poetic subjects, employing catchphrase and metaphor, music and rhythm'. The films included in this compilation are Rootless Cosmopolitans (1990), Cheap Philosophy (1992), Cactus Babylon (1996), Talk Israel (1992-2002), 50 50 (1998), Drive She Said (1998), Easy Listening (2002), Trilogy (2001), Series One and Two (1999), Episode (2003) and Sense (2004). DVD PAL, 2 discs, region free, £25.

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  • Bill Viola soon on DVD

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    Bill ViolaThe three most important video works by Bill Viola are finally seeing their release on DVD. Microcinema International has announced the edition of the following titles for November 28th:

    - Hatsu Yume (First Dream) (1981). NTSC, region free,  56 min., 39.95$.

    - I don't know what it is I am like (1986). NTSC, region free, 89 min., 39.95$.

    - The passing (1991). NTSC, region free, 54 min., 39.95$. 

    These videos were only available until now in VHS tape from Facets Video in the USA or A-Film in Europe. 

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