Experimental and short filmsby CantileverCaribou | created - 15 Nov 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Comments added for quick reference. A mixture of films that are either short films or experimental short films, though perhaps not always both. Feature length movies may be added if they accompany a director's oeuvre well or if exceptional in some way. I mostly only list shorts I liked, but I sometimes include shorts of varying quality.
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1. Water and Power (1989)
57 min | Documentary
By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques, the film explores the complex battle for natural ... See full summary »
13. At Land (1944)
15 min | Short
Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.
14. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery
A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.
18. Gasman (1998)
15 min | Short, Drama
It's the Christmas season. With her mom's help, Lynne, a girl of perhaps eight, dresses up; her younger brother Steven plays with a toy car. The children leave with their dad, who's ... See full summary »
23. Une nuit sur le mont chauve (1938)
8 min | Animation, Short
Mussorgsky's composition is the soundtrack for this pin-screen animated take on night and wild things. A scarecrow blows down, clouds move by quickly. Beings take shape; a town appears, ... See full summary »
24. Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)
11 min | Animation, Short, Drama
A little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect.
26. Ursula (1961)
Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Horror
Young Ursula plays in a tree and ruins her fancy dress. Her elderly mother teaches her a cruel lesson about whether things can ever be mended; what Ursula learns about how to behave may not be what her mother intended.
27. The Last Theft (1987)
Not Rated | 21 min | Animation, Short, Crime
A sarcastic story about a thief who becomes the victim of his own victims. His victims come from the other world and take his most precious possession - his blood. The phantasmal atmosphere... See full summary »
30. Días sin luz (1996)
8 min | Short, Sci-Fi
The film is narrated by the main character, whom we see as a young boy. He first tells us of the night he was born, during a horrible thunderstorm, probably the worst and darkest ever, and ... See full summary »
35. Decasia (2002)
Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary
A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score.
36. L'ange (1982)
64 min | Animation, Fantasy
The climbing of an immense staircase made up of the most varied stairs. Symbolic scenes occur on different levels where characters seem to be prisoners of their deeds and of their own folly... See full summary »
40. Nineteen (1990 Video)
42 min | Animation, Short, Drama
19-year-old Kubota is ready to find a girlfriend. The perfect chance arises when he meets Masana Fujisaka, his first love, in a club. She's just broken up with her longtime boyfriend and is... See full summary »
43. Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)
12 min | Short, Horror
Experimental short, featuring strobe-like erotic imagery with several shots of the Rolling Stones in performance and an original synthesizer score by Mick Jagger.
45. Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)
38 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror
A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome. Aphrodite, Lilith, Isis, Kali, Astarte, Nero, Pan, and ... See full summary »
46. Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945)
4 min | Short, Mystery