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Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941 (2005) back to product details  



Screen Formats:B&W,COLOR
Sound:Dolby Digital Stereo
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1

Features:
Digitally mastered from newly preserved and restored 35 mm and 16 mm prints
New recordings of original music by George Antheil, Marc Blitzstein, and others; new film scores by Eric Beheim, Neal Kurz, Paul A. Lehrman, Guy Livingston, Rodney Sauer, Donald Sosin, and others
Film notes and filmmaker biographies by historians and scholars Kevin Brownlow, David Curtis, Robert A. Haller, Jan-Christopher Horak, David James, Scott MacDonald, Bruce Posner, David Shepard, Paul Spehr, Cecile Starr, and 32 others
Rare photos of the films and filmmakers
Essay by curator Bruce Posner

Chapters:
Disc #1 -- Unseen Cinema: The Mechanized Eye
1. "Paris Exposition Films" [1:27]
2. Eiffel Exposition Palace [1:02]
3. Palace of Electricity [:49]
4. Champs de Mars [1:13]
5. Panorama of Eiffel Tower [1:21]
6. Scene From Elevator Ascending Eiffel Tower [1:43]
7. Captain Nissen Going Through Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls [2:02]
8. Down the Hudson [2:55]
9. The Ghost Train [:39]
10. Westinghouse Works, Panorama View, Street Car Motor Room [2:28]
11. In Youth, Beside the Lonely Sea [5:20]
12. Melody on Parade [5:48]
13. La Cartomancienne [11:42]
14. Pie in the Sky [21:14]
15. Travel Notes [12:41]
16. Oil - A Symphony in Motion [7:51]
17. Poem 8 [19:46]
18. Storm [7:53]
19. Portrait of a Young Man [1:34]
20. Movement One [17:17]
21. Movement Two [17:28]
22. Movement Three [16:10]
Disc #2 -- Unseen Cinema: The Devil's Plaything
1. Jack and the Beanstalk [9:34]
2. Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend [8:23]
3. The Thieving Hand [6:34]
4. Impossible Convicts [3:21]
5. When Clouds Roll by [8:52]
6. Beggar on Horseback [7:05]
7. The Fall of the House of Usher [13:08]
8. The Life and Death of 9413 - A Hollywood Extra [13:24]
9. The Love of Zero [15:05]
10. The Telltale Heart [24:50]
11. Tomatos Another Day [7:24]
12. The Hearts of Age [8:19]
13. "The Enigmatic World of Joseph Cornell" [:22]
14. Unreal News Reels, Nos. 1 & 2 [7:59]
15. The Children's Jury [9:03]
16. Thimble Theater [6:21]
17. Carousel - Animal Opera [5:49]
18. Jack's Dream [4:19]
Disc #3 -- Unseen Cinema: Light Rhythms
1. Le Retour a la Raison [4:17]
2. Ballet Mecanique [17:01]
3. Anemic Cinema [7:05]
4. Looney Lens: Anamorphic People [2:21]
5. Out of the Melting Pot [2:21]
6. H2O [11:36]
7. Surf and Seaweed [13:00]
8. "Vorkapich Montage Sequence" [:13]
9. "The Furies" [2:52]
10. "Legacy of a Hollywood Extra" [:23]
11. "Skyline Dance" [:27]
12. "Money Machine" [:09]
13. "Prohibition" [1:35]
14. The Firefly "Vorkapich Edit" [1:59]
15. The Firefly "MGM Release Version" [1:35]
16. Maytime [4:42]
17. "Light and Abstraction" [:15]
18. So This is Paris [5:10]
19. Light Rhythms [5:37]
20. Nuit Sur le Mont Chauve [8:24]
21. Rhythm in Light [5:01]
22. Synchromy No. 2 [5:40]
23. Parabola [8:48]
24. Footlight Parade "By a Waterfall" [10:59]
25. Glens Falls Sequence [7:38]
26. Simple Destiny Abstaractions [1:50]
27. Abstract Movies [10:54]
28. Scherzo [1:34]
29. Composition No. 1: Themis [4:22]
30. Composition No. 2: Contrathemis [4:49]
31. 1941 [4:09]
32. Moods of the Sea [10:02]
Disc #4 -- Unseen Cinema: Inverted Narratives
1. The House With Closed Shutters [17:53]
2. Suspense [10:32]
3. Moonland [11:20]
4. Lullaby [10:12]
5. The Bridge [10:03]
6. Little Geezer [11:38]
7. Black Dawn [:22]
8. "Titles" [1:17]
9. "Plowing" [10:58]
10. "End of Day" [8:49]
11. "A Night to Remember" [10:01]
12. Native Land [2:15]
13. "Bought and Paid For" [2:14]
14. "On the March" [1:47]
15. "Millions of Little People" [3:45]
16. "Murder One Man" [3:00]
17. Black Legion [5:55]
18. Even as You and I [11:49]
19. Object Lesson [9:38]
20. "Sredni Vashtar" [11:11]
Disc #5 -- Unseen Cinema: Picturing a Metropolis
1. "Early Views" [1:07]
2. The Blizzard [1:56]
3. Lower Broadway [1:12]
4. Beginning of a Skyscraper [:48]
5. Panorama From Times Building, New York [2:05]
6. Skyscrapers of NYC From North River [1:58]
7. Panorama From the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge [:50]
8. "Tricks of the Trade" [:10]
9. Building Up and Demolishing the Star Theatre [3:38]
10. Coney Island at Night [3:17]
11. Interior New York Subway, 14th St to 42nd Street [5:37]
12. Seeing New York by Yacht [3:18]
13. Looney Lens: Split Skyscrapers [1:31]
14. Looney Lens: Tenth Avenue, NYC [1:51]
15. Scenes From Ford Educational Weekly [:24]
16. 8th Avenue Elevated Train at 112th Street [:19]
17. The Trellis - Work of Sunshine and Shade [:16]
18. View of Herald Square Station [:20]
19. Aerial View of Sixth Ave Train at 28th, 26th, 24th [:20]
20. Manhatta [11:03]
21. 24 Dollar Island [13:13]
22. Skyscraper Symphony [11:16]
23. Manhattan Medley [10:28]
24. A Bronx Morning [14:26]
25. Footnote to Fact [8:10]
26. "Seeing the World," Part One: A Visit to New York, N.Y. [10:23]
27. The Pursuit of Happiness [8:22]
28. Gold Diggers of 1935 "Lullaby of Broadway" [13:35]
29. Autumn Fire [19:40]
Disc #6 -- Unseen Cinema: The Amateur As Auteur
1. Case Sound Tests [1:16]
2. Theodore Case [1:14]
3. Man and Harmonica [:50]
4. Man and Harp [2:12]
5. Gus Visser and His Singing Duck [1:56]
6. Theodore Case [1:06]
7. Man and Ukulele [1:41]
8. Theodore Case [:34]
9. Windy Ledge Farm [16:32]
10. A Day in Santa Fe [30:16]
11. Stewart Family Home Movies [33:34]
12. "Joseph Cornell's Children Trilogy" [:18]
13. Children's Party [9:48]
14. Cotillion [8:57]
15. The Midnight Party [3:55]
16. Haiti [15:06]
17. Tree Trunk to Head [36:16]
18. Bicycle Polo at San Mateo [4:56]
19. 1126 Dewey Ave., Apt. 207 [4:02]
Disc #7 -- Unseen Cinema: Viva La Dance
1. "Annabelle Dances and Dances" [1:31]
2. Annabelle Butterfly Dance #1 [:32]
3. Annabelle Butterfly Dance #3 [:11]
4. Serpentine Dance by Annabelle [:28]
5. Annabelle Serpentine Dance #1 [:18]
6. Annabelle Serpentine Dance #4 [:24]
7. Crissie Sheridan Serpentine Dance [:33]
8. Annabelle Serpentine Dance #4 [1:09]
9. Serpentine Dance [1:06]
10. "Early Superimpositions" [:24]
11. Davy Jones' Locker [:26]
12. Neptune's Daughter [:31]
13. A Nymph of the Waves [:26]
14. Diana the Huntress [4:33]
15. The Soul of the Cypress [9:24]
16. Looney Lens: Pas de deux [4:25]
17. Hande: Das Leben and Die Liebe Eines Zartlichen Geschlechts [1:01]
18. Part 1: Prelude [1:36]
19. Part 2: Der Einzelne [8:15]
20. Part 3: Ausgleich [2:06]
21. Mechanical Principles [10:37]
22. Tilly Losch in Her Dance of The Hands [7:01]
23. Sergi Eisenstein's Mexican Footage [:22]
24. "Dance of the Heads" [5:54]
25. "Day of the Dead" [3:56]
26. Oramunde [9:59]
27. Hands [4:16]
28. Joie de Vivre [9:18]
29. Wonder Bar "Don't Say Goodnight" [10:32]
30. Dada [1:16]
31. Escape [4:27]
32. An Optical Poem [7:08]
33. Abstract Experiment in Kodachrome [3:11]
34. NBC Valentine Greeting [1:55]
35. Stars and Strips [2:21]
36. Tarantella [4:30]
37. Spook Sport [7:53]
38. Danse Macabre [6:55]
39. Peer Gynt [:19]
40. Opening Titles [3:39]
41. Pagan Dance [3:18]
42. Introspection [6:28]

Awards:
  • 2005 won Special Citation from L.A. Film Critics Association to Shepard, David for Unseen Cinema: Early Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941.
  • 2005 won Special Citation from Los Angeles Film Critics Association to Shepard, David [film historian].

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