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cover: Unseen Cinema 4-Inverted Narratives

Unseen Cinema 4-Inverted Narratives

Director(s): various

Theatrical Release: 1894-1941


Genre(s): Avant-Garde, shorts, cinema


Location in store: Avant-Garde Cinema

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Ant Rating
Running Time: 155m.

Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941 compiles works from a variety of directors. These films, many of which have been unseen since their original exhibitions, were provided by a variety of film archives. The films showcase the many techniques developed in the earliest days of not only avant-garde cinema but in cinema itself. -- Perry Seibert (


DISC 4: INVERTED NARRATIVES: New Directions in Storytelling

Early directors D.W. Griffith and Lois Weber develop the radical language of cinema narrative through audience-friendly melodramas made for nickelodeon theaters. Experimental fantasies are depicted in such independent productions as Moonland (c. 1926), Lullaby (1929), and The Bridge (1929-30). Depression era films by socially-conscious filmmakers reshape drama as demonstrated in Josef Berne's brooding Black Dawn (1933) and Strand and Hurwitz's biting Native Land (1937-41): each pictures a raw reality. Parody and satire find their mark in Theodore Huff's Little Geezer (1932) and Barlow, Hay and Le Roy's Even as You and I (1937). David Bradley's Sredni Vashtar by Saki (1940-43) boasts an inadvertent post-modern attitude.

12 Film Selections:

+ The House with Closed Shutters (1910)—D.W. Griffith & G.W. "Billy" Bitzer

+ Suspense (1913)—Lois Weber & Philips Smalley

+ Moonland (c. 1926)—Neil McQuire & William A. O’Connor

+ Lullaby (1929)—Boris Deutsch

+ The Bridge (1929-30)—Charles Vidor

+ Little Geezer (1932)—Theodore Huff

+ Black Dawn (1933)—Josef Berne & Seymour Stern

+ Native Land (1937-41)—Frontier Films: Leo Hurwitz & Paul Strand (excerpt)

+ The World Today: Black Legion (1936-7)—Nykino: Ralph Steiner & Willard Van Dyke

+ Even As You and I (1937)—Roger Barlow, Harry Hay & Le Roy Robbins

+ Object Lesson (1941)—Christoher Young

+ "Sredni Vashtar" by Saki (1940-43)—David Bradley

& "Titles"

& "Plowing"

& "End of Day"

& "A Night to Remember"

& "Bought and Paid For"

& "On the March"

& "Millions of Little People"

& "Murder One Man"