Fly (1970)

Although only one person was filmed, in contrast to the 331 gathered for the Legs film, Fly was a more complicated project. John Lenno and Yoko Ono asked New York actress Virginia Lust to lie down naked whilst they filmed a fly exploring her body. Approximately 200 flies were used and each had to be stunned with a special gas. The film shows a woman lying so still she looks almost comatose. The only movement is that of a fly, which we follow as it lands on different parts of her body. The film is so slight, and yet there is something in the stillness of her body, the gentle movement of this fly, that seems sensual, even erotic. It was claimed that Virginia Lust also had to be sedated during the filming.



Yoko Ono, along with John Lennon, creates a most irregular surprise in Fly. Sort of a deviant crooked smile is by far one of the albeit queerest pieces of experimental cinema this side of the Lower East Side.
They took two days to film in a New York atticNineteen to show us nineteen minutes of pure heteromorphic deeelight.

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By Senoeni.

Wavelenght (1965)

Wavelength describes a single zoom movement for three quarters of an hour across an almost empty New York loft, resting eventually with the frame of a black-and-white photograph of waves pinned to the wall of the room. Within this pseudo-continuity there are innumerable changes of color filters, sudden shifts into negative, changes from day to night, occasional super-impositions, and a series of human events of increasing dramatic significance.
Wavelength consists of almost no action, and what action does occur is largely elided. If the film could be said to have a conventional plot, this would presumably refer to the three character scenes. In the first scene two people enter a room, chat briefly, and listen to "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the radio. Later, a man enters inexplicably and dies on the floor. And last, the female owner of the apartment is heard and seen on the phone, speaking, with strange calm, about the dead man in her apartment whom she has never seen before.
Briefly men and women enter and exit the frame, triggering the pretense of a narrative. But in reality, the viewer becomes increasingly absorbed in the purpose of the zoom and where it's heading. The sound is a total glissando while the film is a crescendo and a dispersed spectrum which attempts to utilize the gifts of both prophecy and memory which only film and music have to offer.



The human events are filmed with the direct sound which interrupts the steadily increasing sine wave of piercing electronic sound which contributes largely to the uncanniness of the film. The filmmaker dissects the illusion of continuity imposed by zoom, evoking an impressive series of metaphors for memory and death in the process.
Snow wanted to do something where the music could survive and not only be a support for the image.
Wavelenght opens with what appear to be a narrative. The narrative is at best skeletal, but it's one of the most potent critical gestures. Snow was aware that wiever will assume that film is about the death of a man. His decision to invoke character and plot and then ignore them is a way to challenging the conventions.
The zoom is a particularly appropriate tool for Snow's critique, because its movement is virtual, in actuality a relationship between two lenses, the image of an image.
This realization adds the first of many new dimensions to come: by introducing the element of motion, specifically invisible motion like the hands of a clock, the filmmaker adds the temporal element to a composition that in all other respects appears static. Motion is the only phenomenon that allows perception of time; the motion here, like time, is wholly conceptual.
Minutes pass and we can notice subtle details.

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By Senoeni.

69 (1968)

Breer's work has often focused on the mechanics of cinema and has featured hand drawn 4x6 index cards that are composed into formalist, repetitive studies, such as 69, which is so absolutely beautiful, so perfect, so like nothing else. Forms, geometry, lines, movements, light, very basic, very pure, very surprising, very subtle.
Like many of his generation, Breer's early work was influenced by the various European modern art movements of the early 20th century, ranging from the abstract forms of the Russian Constructivists and the structuralist formulas of the Bauhaus, to the nonsensible universe of the Dadaists.



Breer acknowledges his respect for this purist, cubist cinema, which uses geometric shapes moving in time and space.
Breer continued to search for historical perspectives in his work and discovered the color theories of Chevreul and Rood. He also began a series of minimalist pieces based on number series, which were nonfigurative and based on geometry and formal issues. 69 relyes on formalist images from his early research into color paintings.

Les Oiseaux Blancs Les Oiseaux Noirs (2003)

Les Oiseaux Blancs Les Oiseaux Noirs is an African tale about wisdom, animated by Florence Miailhe. The story is based on a book by Amadou Hampaté Bâ about the work of Tierno Bokar and his African fable of good and evil. It explores how people live with good or bad feelings and how it is better to have good feelings towards others.



We are introduced to the two birds almost effortlessly as images merge together, break apart and metamorphose into different shapes or people. At one point as birds break away into a flock it is a genuine moment of sheer beauty. The black birds represent bad thoughts and words, white birds the opposite.

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Mark Brown is currently happily re-exploring his world, visiting old friends and painstakingly documenting the strange flora and fauna that moved in while he was away.

Uliisses (1992)

Uliisses is a Homeric journey through the history of cinema. Its theme is based on the mythological Odysseus of Homer, the James Joyce's Ulysses, and the synthetic figure, Telemach/Phil, from the 24-hour-long piece The Warp by Neil Oram. Werner Nekes combines these figures, and he shows their stories. His central theme, however, is visual language in of itself: Odysseus/Bloom is transformed into Uli the Photographer, Penelope/Molly into his model and Telemach/Stephen into Phil, who begins his Telemachia.



The object of the odyssey is pictorial language as such: learning to see and wanting to see. It ranges from cinematographic archaeology to playful innovations of the latest kind.
There is no film technique that does not occur in this movie. Uliisses requires attentive viewing. The film's details disclose themselves only after one has seen it several times.
This short is an attempt to replicate in film some of the stylistic and technical innovations of Joyce's Ulysses, offering an anthology of cinematic techniques developed since the medium's inception.

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Shawn McManus is an American artist who entered the comic book field in the early 1980s with work for Heavy Metal and DC Comics.
McManus gained wider attention when he illustrated two 1980s issues of Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore. Since then he has drawn issues of Omega Men, Batman, Doctor Fate and a pair of limited series about the witch Thessaly written by Bill Willingham.

Wind (2006)

Wind, sponsored by Al Gore, is set to a poem by Antonio Machado and narrated by Alec Baldwin. This hauntingly beautiful film shows what we stand to lose if we continue to put the environment second to progress, but also shows that it is possible to put technological progress hand in hand with environmental preservation.



Chel White's narrative perspective is often that of the estranged individual; the outsider looking in. His films paint indelible pictures of the human experience. Described as both a black humorist and a cinematic poet, Chel White's work is intricate, sublime, and beautiful.
In this short, White uses time lapse photography to simultaneously display the majesty of nature and the destruction of humanity's footprint.
You can buy Fever Dreams and Heavenly Nightmares: The Short Films of Chel White.

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Out There is by Robert C. Monroe. You can dowlonad Out There's ebooks.

Dense (2005)

HC Gilje apply various techniques reflecting a manipulative attention, demonstrating that photography on its own, with lights, shadows and contrasts is able to equally tell the complexity of contemporary condition. Gilje shows sensitivities moulded in the places and time fragmentation, dense in perceptive stimuli and cross-references that, compared to historical avantgardes take advantage of the many sampling combinatorial possibilities.



Dense is a doublesided videoprojection on six vertical strips of half transparent material at different depths in a blackbox space. One projection creates downward movement and the other a movement from side to side, thus creating a video weave on the projection surface where the projections overlap. The audio is generated by the changes in the video, one a dry chirping sound which pans with the horizontal movement of the video, the other is created by the downward movements of the other video, creating a very loud, deep sound resonating in the space. Moving around in the space is like walking inside a videomixer, perception of image and sound changes dramatically as you move inside the installation.
You can buy Cityscape.

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Out There is by Robert C. Monroe. You can dowlonad Out There's ebooks.

Cozette (1977)

Arnolds Burovs animanted this short about Cosette, one of the carachter of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. In the nove, she's the daughter of Fantine, she is raised by Jean Valjean after her mother dies. She falls in love with Marius Pontmercy, and marries him at the end of the novel. For the first few years she is raised, she is used as a worker and beaten by the Thénardiers.



This stop motion is so elegant and beautiful, but personally I prefer the original version of Cosette.

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Out There is by Robert C. Monroe. You can dowlonad Out There's ebooks.

Trying to Kiss the Moon (1994)

Trying to Kiss the Moon is an autobiographical film-poem, which contains poignant home movie footage of his life in the US prior to the childhood polio attack which forced him to rely on crutches and eventually confined him to a wheelchair.
Dwoskin attempts to recreate his past by rendering impressions from his life using old film fragments from 20-odd hours of amateur home movies shot by his father. He stitches together his personal doc without following chronological structure.
The clips are from both color and B&W sources, some with sound, some without. Some scenes are occasionally narrated by Dwoskin himself. His friend and colleague, documentary and feature filmmaker Robert Kramer also contributes comments about the events.



These events are liberated and interwoven like an inner landscape framing one life: all life-connected and film-connected by personal associations and rediscovered fragments. Flashes, reflections and memories are situated like remnants in an old drawer, box or film can. The images are elaborate and extend the film's intimate and integral form of self and shared expression. The thoughts and anecdotes are presented in a multi-layered display that becomes an extension of the self, and the self as an extension of film. The overall expression is that of a filmic selfportrait one that is reflective and open ended.
This cognitive extraction of the multiple meaning intrinsic within images through the conscious manipulation of time is also reflected in Dwoskin's paintings.
This autobiography can be seen also as a cinema of implication in which the uncomfortable, extended gaze facilitates the process of interactivity that is intrinsic in the act of seeing.
You can buy Stephen Dwoskin 15 films box.

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Le Chateau du sable (Oscar 1977)

The Sand Castle is the story of the Sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. Under his direction, they build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. The wind blows, and the castle crumbles.



Co Hoedeman’s films are usually geared toward children and promote strong humanitarian values: ecology, social inclusion, respect for diversity, peace. Hoedeman tackles filmmaking with serious pedagogical objectives but does not sacrifice magic and fantasy in the process. In The Sand Castle, the filmmaker leaves the door open to various interpretations.
You can buy Sand Castle & 3 Other Tales.

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Out There is by Robert C. Monroe. You can dowlonad Out There's ebooks.

Leda und der Schwan (1964)

Kurt Kren's Leda and the Swan is one of the most densely constructed of all Kren's Aktion films. Based on the poem by Yeats it features some unforgettable and disturbing imagery. The almost convulsive use of juxtaposition and the captured gesture assume a erotic sensitivity, though the action itself was primarily a gradual destruction of the erotic.
The film retains the classical motif, portraying, for most of its duration, a young woman embracing a swan.



Kren's editing leads to many interlocking continuous shots; central takes recur like a leitmotif, circular motion and networking can be observed throughout the film. Kren painstakingly weaves the fury in front of his camera lens into dense geometrical figures. Shot/countershot sequences alternate, jumping back and forth between single frames, they turn the Actionist turmoil into ornaments, rigid geometrical patterns, the equivalent in time to what Mondrian used to distill on canvas in space.
Appreciating Kurt Kren's films is not a question of dissecting his technique, recognising their richness of innovation or analyzing their rhythm. To understand these film it is not necessary to see through them but to feel and perceive them as real.

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Henry's Cat

Henry's Cat is a whimsical cartoon series that follows the adventures of a small yellow feline and his friends. Henry's Cat is the typical cat, loving nothing better than to eat and to sleep. He has recently developed a cult following in student circles, possibly due to the similarities in lifestyles led!
Each episode featuring the custard-coloured cat and his friends was narrated by Bob Godfrey and ended with a philosophical thought.
Henry's Cat was the third and probably the best of Godfrey's three key tea-time series. Like Godfrey's other works, this serie reflects his irreverent, humorous approach to life.



Henry's Cat evolved considerably through production of its three series. Series one and two were composed mainly of 5 minute episodes animated using felt pens on white backgrounds, much like Roobarb. There was a theme change between the two series, with Peter Shades' 'music being replaced by a new miow based track from John Hyde.
By the end of that second series, episode lengths had been extended to 15 minutes and, more importantly, Henry and the gang had shifted from felt pens to cel-based animation.
The third series ushered in a whole new production style, presumably to break the American market.
His third series is an extraordinary melting pot of wit and technique. The Godfrey crew expanded to incorporate a bigger writing team and a trace and paint department.
As the series went on, the stories became longer and they changed to suit the American market. Not only that, but the style of the show changed. Gone were the white backgrounds and the rough and ready characters. They were replaced with a more colourful show, with extremely polished characters.
You can buy Henry's Cat.

Film in Which There Appear … (1966)

Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow) 's early materialist works anticipated Structural Film, the definition of which provoked his rejection of film theory and convention. Having first explored the physical qualities of the celluloid strip itself in Film in Which There Appear …, his attention will turn to the spectator in a series of literal films that question the illusionary nature of cinema through the use of word play and optical ambiguity.




Land explores the material qualities of celluloid film, turning its imperfections into content, in this early film, made from a brief loop of a Kodak colour test.
Usually the imperfections of filmmaking are normally suppressed, but in this short they are at the core of a work: we see the sprocket holes which normally are out of sight, the dust which is normally incidental recurs here in patterns, and the image itself, the static face of a girl, becomes incidental to the movement of the film. The audience sees not just one but two frames of the girl on the running film at center screen. These holes, unlike the images of the woman, are much more variable and therefore flicker. Here is the essence of "deconstructivism": the marginal becomes center, and the center becomes marginal.
This is one of the earliest examples of the film material dictating the film content. It is a kind of Duchampian found object, a looped test film that focuses attention on the medium and the viewer.

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Francesco Mai's works are rendering image that he create as a simulation simulation of optical physics of the objects and the environments.

Balance (1989)

The film depicts five individuals living on a small platform floating in space. Each man is aware that the platform is not stable and in order not to fall to their deaths, they maintain a careful balance of weight to prevent the platform from tipping too far and causing them all to fall. The group works cooperatively to maintain a balance until one individual pulls a box onto the platform. Since all are curious as to what the box is, the individuals try to check out the box and their actions disrupt the balance of the platform. All but one of the individuals falls off the edges of the platform. In the end, the lone individual must maintain a balance with the box, that is well out of reach.



Originally the band Alphaville commissioned Balance to Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein for inclusion in their 1990 video compilation Songlines.
I guess that the board represents the world and these men, which want to keep this box all to himself, referres to people's possessions and resources, and how if one part of the world takes too much power over resources, then other parts of the world will be effected.
How many time do you ever think that if we shared all resources, all countries would be balanced and we would have no need for concern and worry?
The short is so simple, so creepy and still so real.
Its depiction of the absurdity of doomsday politics is equal parts choreography and Samuel Beckett: only Lauenstein Brother can turn a black comedy into a meditation on human interdependence!

Glimpse of the Garden (1957)

Filmed in a garden through a powerful magnifying glass, filmmaker Marie Menken's Glimpse of the Garden is a simple visual poem accompanied by the sound of birdsongs. When Glimpse of the Garden was shown at the Cinemathèque Française in 1963, Jonas Mekas reported that the French audience laughed at it, embarrassed by the film's benign simplicity. In contrast to the avant-gardist gestures of many of her contemporaries, Menken offers a simple yet expressionistic view of a garden.
This film captures the stumbling: the transfixed but rather aimless survey of branches, what’s grown overnight, which way which plants are leaning, lapping up shadows, gargling color.



Glimpse of the Garden represents Menken's interest in pure visuals and essentially feminine point-of-view. There is no why for his making films. She just liked the twitters of the machine, and since it was an extension of painting for her, she tried it and loved it. In painting she never liked the staid and static, always looked for what would change the source of light and stance, using glitters, glass beads, luminous paint, so the camera was a natural for her to try.
Whenever she was in her garden, she opened her soul, with all her secret wishes and dreams
The title is Glimpse of the Garden, and not Glimpse of a Garden, because this garden belonged to one of her husband’s former male lovers.