Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

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Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:21 am

An intriguing collection of shorts and documentaries has recently appeared on a DVD from Alto-Media (Korea). It's being touted as a collection of first works (hence the title) from some of the major French filmmakers of the past and present.

Here's the list of 8 films included on the disc:

(MOURICE PIALAT/1961/19 min/Black & White)

ALAIN RESNAIS/Documentary/1957/14min/Color

JEAN-LUC GODARD/Comedy/1958/13min/Black & White

JACQUES RIVETTE/Comedy/1957/27min/Black & White

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT & JEAN-LUC GODARD/Comedy/1958/ 12min/Black & White

PATRICE LECONTE/Comedy/1971/11min/ Color

JACQUES DONIOL-VALCROZE/Comedy/1957/19min/Black & White

JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE/Documentary/1946/18min/Black & White


*The English/Korean subtitled NTSC/Region-3 DVD is available from several East-Asian retailers.

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby trevor826 » Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:25 am

Are you planning on purchasing the dvd? It does sound very interesting.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Oct 10, 2006 3:34 am

I actually do have this disc. I bought it mostly for the Pialat's short which is very good and very rare. As you'd agree, it's difficult to find the time to go through short films but I'll try to cover them soon in some capacity.

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:26 am

Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miville: Four Short Films includes:

Je vous Salue, Sarajevo
2 min/1993

The Old Place
46 min/1998

De l'Origine du XXIe Sicle
16 min/2000

Libert et Patrie
21 min/2002


*The English/German subtitled DVD (Region-0/NTSC) was released by one of JLG's favorite distributors, ECM. It's reportedly accompanied by a 120-page hardcover book, which includes various pertinent essays and the text of the narration by JLG and Miville (again, English friendly).

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby A » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:32 pm

This set is aavailable in Germany, but so far I didn`t want to pay the high price. If somebody gets to see any of the films in the set, I`d appreciate some comments.

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby arsaib4 » Fri May 18, 2007 11:06 pm

Geography of the Body
Willard Maas / U.S. / 1943 / 7 mins.

The Mechanics of Love
Willard Maas-Ben Moore / U.S. / 1955 / 5 mins.

Visual Variations on Noguchi
Marie Menken / U.S. / 1945 / 4 mins.

The Potted Psalm
Sidney Peterson-James Broughton / U.S. / 1946 / 18 mins.

The Cage
Sidney Peterson / U.S. / 1947 / 28 mins.

House of Cards
Joseph Vogel / U.S. / 1947 / 16 mins.

Christmas, U.S.A.
Gregory J. Markopoulos / U.S. / 1949 / 13 mins.

Adventures of Jimmy
James Broughton / U.S. / 1950 / 10 mins.

Stan Brakhage / U.S. / 1952 / 24 mins.

Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection
Stan Brakhage / U.S. / 1953 / 29 mins.

The Way to Shadow Garden
Stan Brakhage / U.S. / 1954 / 11 mins.

The Extraordinary Child
Stan Brakhage / U.S. / 1954 / 13 mins.

Rebus-Film No. 1
Paul Leni / U.S. / 1928 / 15 mins.

The Fall of the House of Usher
James Watson-Melville Webber / U.S. / 1928 / 12 mins.

Pacific 231
Jean Mitry / France / 1949 / 10 mins.

Arriere Saison
Dimitri Kisanoff / France / 1950 / 15 mins.

Traite de bave et d'eternite (Venom and Eternity)
Jean Isidore Isou / France / 1951 / 111 mins.


*This 2 disc-set by Kino International (U.S.) will be released on July 24th.

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby A » Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:58 pm

Looks very interesting.
Do you know if this is part of a series Kino is working on (The 2 in the right corner of the DVD could indicate this)?

Good to find a film by Markopoulos there. I saw a film Mekas made as a tribute to him after his death. It's been a while since I've seen it, but I haven't forgotten to remember to get my hands on some of Markopoulos work. He seems to have been a rather marginal figure of the New York avant-garde though (or am I wrong?).

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:01 pm

Since his death in 1992, Markopoulos's partner Robert Beavers has made some of his work visible again, in part to collect funds for the screenings of the monumental Eniaios, and for the galleries that have preserved their work. The duo left the U.S. in 1967, and Markopoulos subsequently removed his work from distribution.

Yes, this is the second set. The proper info for the first is as follows:

Disc 1

Le Retour la raison
(Man Ray, France, 1923, 2 min.)

(Man Ray, France, 1926, 16 min.)

L'toile de mer
(Man Ray, France, 1928, 15.5 min.)

Les Mystres du chteau du D
(Man Ray, France, 1929, 20 min.)

The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra
(Slavko Vorkapich, Robert Florey, U.S., 1928, 13 min.)

(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.)

Anmic cinma
(Marcel Duchamp, France, 1926, 6.5 min.)

Ballet mcanique
(Fernand Lger, France, 1924, 11 min.)

Symphonie diagonale
(Viking Eggeling, France, 1924, 7 min.)

Le Vampire
(Jean Painlev, France, 1939, 8.5 min.)

The Hearts of Age
(Orson Welles, William Vance, U.S., 1934, 8 min.)

Disc 2

(Ern Metzner, Germany, 1928, 22 min.)

La glace 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.)

(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.)

(Ralph Steiner, U.S., 1929, 12 min.)

Even -- As You and I
(Roger Barlow, Harry Hay, LeRoy Robbins, U.S., 1937, 12 min.)

*Includes film notes by film critic/historian Elliot Stein, English subtitle options on selected films, newly composed scores by Sue Harshe, Larry Marrotta, Paul Mercer, and Donald Sosin, and more.

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby A » Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:24 pm

Ah, I think I've read somewhere on the net about this epic film by Markopoulos (if I'm not mixing it up with something). Keep us posted if more info pops up.
And thanks for the listing. These two sets look yummy

Re: Silent / Short / Avant-Garde Cinema on DVD

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:08 am

The Village Voice's Nathan Lee, who's also gay, has written about Markopoulos on a couple of occasions. Not sure if the articles are available online.


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