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DVD Underground: Avant-Garde 2: Experimental Cinema from 1928 — 1954

DVD cover for Kino Avant Garde 2 Experimental Cinema from 1928 to 1954

Official Description: In the latter half of the 20th Century, Raymond Rohauer was one of the nation’s foremost proponents of experimental cinema. This two-disc collection continues Kino’s tribute to the Rohauer Collection, including the early works of Stan Brakhage and influential films by Willard Maas, Gregory Markopoulos, Marie Menken, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Mitry, Sidney Peterson and others.

The pièce de résistance is Jean Isidore Isou’s passionate manifesto of film aesthetics Traité de bave et d’eternité (Venom and Eternity), which sparked a riot when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1951. This edition of Venom includes 34 minutes of footage never seen in the United States.

Distributor: Kino International

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Contents:

Disc 1

  1. Geography of the Body
    US 1943 B&W 7 Min.
    Willard Maas
  2. The Mechanics of Love
    US 1955 B&W 5 Min.
    Willard Maas and Ben Moore
  3. Visual Variations on Noguchi
    US 1945 B&W 4 Min.
    Marie Menken
  4. The Potted Psalm
    US 1946 B&W 18 Min.
    Sidney Peterson & James Broughton
  5. The Cage
    US 1947 B&W 28 Min.
    Sidney Peterson
  6. House of Cards
    US 1947 B&W 16 Min.
    Joseph Vogel
  7. Christmas, U.S.A.
    US 1949 B&W 13 Min.
    Gregory J. Markopoulos
  8. Adventures of Jimmy
    US 1950 B&W 10 Min.
    James Broughton
  9. Interim
    US 1952 B&W 24 Min.
    Stan Brakhage
  10. Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection
    US 1953 B&W 29 Min.
    Stan Brakhage
  11. The Way to Shadow Garden
    US 1954 B&W 11 Min.
    Stan Brakhage
  12. The Extraordinary Child
    US 1954 B&W 13 Min.
    Stan Brakhage

Disc 2

  1. Rebus-Film No. 1
    US 1928 B&W 15 Min.
    Paul Leni
  2. The Fall of the House of Usher
    US 1928 B&W 12 Min.
    James Watson & Melville Webber
  3. Pacific 231
    France 1949 B&W 10 Min.
    Jean Mitry
  4. Arrière saison
    France 1950 B&W 15 Min.
    Dimitri Kirsanoff
  5. Traité de bave et d’èternité (Venom and Eternity)
    France 1951 B&W 111 Min.
    Jean Isidore Isou

Extras on DVD

Film notes by film critic/historian Elliott Stein
Theatrical trailer of Traité de bave et d’èternité
Dual-layer RSDL edition for optimal image quality

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