Unseen Cinema

Unseen Cinema

Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941

DVD - 2005
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This seven-disc collection contains 155 avant-garde films, revealing hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers working in the United States and abroad from the invention of cinema until World War II. Offers an innovative and often controversial view of experimental film as a product of avant-garde artists, of professional directors and of amateur moviemakers working collectively and as individuals at all levels of film production.


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Mar 14, 2015

In this "Unseen Cinema" series (proudly presented by The Museum of Modern Art), "Light Rhythms: Music & Abstraction" is #3 (out of a total of 7) in the program's line-up.

With a full running time of 168 minutes, "Light Rhythms" contains 32, b&w films in all, ranging in time from approx. 1 to 15 minutes in length.

These "experimental" films are considered to be some of the very best early-American, avant-garde shorts from the years between 1894 to 1941.

I must say that, even if you're not a film student, it is quite interesting to view these remastered, vintage, non-mainstream shorts that range in age from 70 to 120 years.

But, I will warn you, though - A number of these films are pretty damn-boring and, yes, repetitive in nature, but, with that said, there are also some real worthwhile gems in this lot, too, such as - The Furies, Prohibition, and Scherzo, to name but a few.


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opaguy Jul 23, 2012

7 vols


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