Surrealist and Experimental Cinema
A selection of Homeless Cinema films that break the standard narrative conventions of cinema. Films that play with form, narrative and image construction; that seek to create new and different ways to see and experience cinema.
Le Ballet Mecanique - Canonical Version (Mechanical ballet).
Leger / Antheil. 1924 15.30 Ballet Mécanique is a Dadaist post-Cubist art film conceived, written, and co-directed by the artist Fernand Léger in collaboration with the filmmaker Dudley Murphy (with cinematographic input from Man Ray). It has a musical score by the American composer George Antheil. The first film "perfectly synchronized" (music - image ) in cinema history (1924 ) . Reconstruction based on research thesis "El ballet mecanique y el Synchrocine" . Ortiz Morales, Dr. (UMA2009). Interpretacion by the Ensemble Modern (Gruber).
Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) 1929
21:26 A 1929 silent surrealist short film by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí. The film has no plot in the conventional sense of the word. The chronology of the film is disjointed, jumping from the initial "once upon a time" to "eight years later" without the events or characters changing very much. It uses dream logic in narrative flow that can be described in terms of then-popular Freudian free association, presenting a series of tenuously related scenes.
Meshes of the Afternoon 1943
13.30 A short experimental film directed by wife and husband team, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. The film's narrative is circular, and repeats a number of psychologically symbolic images, including a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a mysterious Grim Reaper--like cloaked figure with a mirror for a face, a phone off the hook and an ocean. Through creative editing, distinct camera angles, and slow motion, the surrealist film depicts a world in which it is more and more difficult to catch reality.
Kenneth Anger - Lucifer Rising (1970-80)
28:11 Lucifer Rising is a short film by director Kenneth Anger. The film was completed in 1972 but was only widely distributed in 1980. Anger began filming around 1966, hiring a young musician named Bobby Beausoleil to act and compose the soundtrack. The film was abandoned in 1967 because Anger claimed the film footage had been stolen by Beausoleil. (Beausoleil and others said that Anger had simply spent all the money for the film). Beausoleil was convicted of killing Gary Hinman under the orders of Charles Manson in 1970. Anger began filming again several years later, with British singer Marianne Faithfull appearing in the film. Jimmy Page was brought in to record the soundtrack, but after he had a falling out with Anger, he was replaced by Beausoleil, who wrote and recorded the music in prison.
Dog Star Man - Stan Brakhage
1:14:45 Brakhage used found and damaged film and film images to compose his works with emphasis on the experieince of watching so Be patient as the first minute is meant to be black - to prepare you.
Blowjob (Edit) (1964) 9:08
Andy Warhol directs a single 35-minute (couldn’t find the full version) shot of a man's face to capture his facial expressions as he receives the sexual act depicted in the title or does not?.
Critic Roy Grundmann argues that "Blow Job‘s self reflexive devices create a new kind of spectatorial address that dislodges audiences from their contemplative positions in a number of ways. Blow Job‘s reflexivity makes spectators intensely aware that they are watching a film and that as viewers they are both interpreting the image according to their own perceptions and subject to what the film is screening.