Montage of archive footage from industrial, nature and ethnographic documentaries -- a steelworks, caterpillars, Native American dances, camel trains -- made strange by juxtaposition and upside-down, backwards and negative printing.
This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9314 written on his forehead),... See full summary »
A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »
A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi's "Winter" movement of "The Four Seasons" plays. Heavy red filters... See full summary »
This 21 minute short film is from "American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 1"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird!
Storm De Hirsch (now that sounds like it's not the film maker's original name!) created an oddly hypnotic art film with "Peyote Queen". She used two VERY different sorts of music (tribal drumming as well as pop music with a jazz influence) to accompany her experimental film. The film consisted of film stock that had been cut very carefully in synchronization to the music--and it is, at times, quite bouncy and entertaining. It's still NOT a film that the average person would watch, but it has some merit. Weird but worth seeing.
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