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A couple is conflicted when they are offered a chance at youth. Based on John Collier's short story “Youth from Vienna”.
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A soundless mix of story fragments and images. Initially, images of death, a man with a guitar, a soirée. Some images are surreal: an older woman eats a leaf; a headless man pours a cocktail into his ...
The Geography of the Body
A quotation from Aristophanes, "The desire and pursuit of the whole is called love," precedes views of a man and a woman's bodies, often in extreme close up. Off-screen, a voice recites fragments of o...
The quick tempo of life in polluted cities makes patients out of people. Neurosis is an everyday occurrence.
The Machine of Eden
Short film from Stan Brakhage
Christmas on Earth
For all intents and purposes, "Christmas on Earth" is a performance art film about genital worshipping. At 29 minutes, Barbara Rubin has created the ultimate study on the celebratory and erotic nature...
23rd Psalm Branch: Part I
In this haunting but lyrical meditation on war, Brakhage intercuts 8-mm footage of Colorado with imagery from WWII newsreels. He responds to the violence and nightmare of war by painting directly on t...
Submit to Me Now
Sadomasochistic images of self-mutilation.
The Further Adventures of Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam has been living peacefully in the American southwest, running a gas station. But when terrorists kidnap the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam teams up with an eagle to go rescue her.
On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?
Avant garde exploration of the marriage broker joke and other things.
Oh Dem Watermelons
Commissioned by the San Francisco Mime Troupe as a short to be screened during intermission for its rather infamous 1965 Minstrel Show (Civil Rights from the Cracker Barrel), which assaulted racial st...
The Liberation of the Mannique Mechanique
Although best known for his photography, Steven Arnold also wrote, designed, and directed several groundbreaking visionary films, The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique being the first. Stuart Comer of...
Glens Falls Sequence
Starting in the late 1930s, illustrator and experimental animator Douglass Crockwell created a series of short abstract animated films at his home in Glen Falls, New York. The films offered Crockwell ...
The Reality of Karel Appel
Documentary about the work and the unconventional approach of the painter Karel Appel. The film shows him flinging vast amounts of paint onto the canvas, resulting in dynamic paintings showing an over...
Cybele: A Pastoral Ritual in Five Scenes
A documentary of an avant-garde theatre performance, presents an orgiastic rite of sex, degradation, and bloody sacrifice, performed by Zero-Jigen.
Tootsies in Autumn
[A] cautionary tale about past-their-prime thespians caught up in a typically Kucharian vortex of madness. - Anthology Film Archives
The final Duplicity in this series does seem a resolve with the term. All previous visual manifestations have been extended (thru four-roll superimpositions) to their limit. Obvious costumes and masks...
Mr. Frenhofer and the Minotaur
Peterson based this romantic piece on Balzac’s Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu and Picasso’s Minotauromachie. The film combines a story of the competition for the love of a woman with images of a young girl ...
Simple objects, photographs, and events prompt Frank to self-conscious rumination. From his homes in New York and Nova Scotia and on visits to friends, the artist contemplates his relationships, the a...
Fragment of Seeking
Harrington plays a young man desperately seeking out the fleeting image of a female companion, and though he never quite catches her, he discovers much more through the surreal explorations of his own...