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Avant-garde. 2 : experimental cinema, 1928-1954

Call Number

  • DVD 791.43611 A9462 (CEN)

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Deluxe two-disc ed. ; Full screen version.


Silent or with music; credits and intertitles in English, French, and German ; optional English subtitles (on selected films).

Publication Information

New York : Kino on Video, c2007.

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (341 min.) : sd. & si., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


Originally produced as individual silent or sound motion pictures in the United States, Germany, and France, these seventeen short films epitomize the development of experimental film from the 1920's through the 1950's. The films are drawn from the collection assembled by Raymond Rohauer, one of the nation's foremost proponents of experimental cinema, founder of the Hollywood Film Society, and longtime programmer at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles.


Special features: film notes by film critic/historian Elliott Stein ; theatrial trailer for Traité de bave et d'éternité.


  • Geography of the body / Mechanics of love : a film poem / Visual variations on Noguchi / House of cards / Potted psalm / Cage / Christmas, U.S.A. / Adventures of Jimmy / Interim / Unglassed windows cast a terrible reflection / Way to shadow garden / Extraordinary child
  • Rebus-film no. 1 / Fall of the House of Usher / Pacific 231 / Arrière saison / Traité de bave et d'éternité = Venom and eternity

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