Rudolph Burckhardt

Apple, The And In Bed (Two Videos) (1986) DVD NTSC, color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Literature & Theater

In Bed is "a bringing back into life of the snippets and events described and imagined verse by verse in Kenneth Koch's poem 'In Bed'. Arranged in staccato verses rapid machine gun fire, the poem is read on the sound track while the visual choreography unfurls. The poem riffs on the plausible possibilities and remembered musings that took place in beds the poet has known. While some of these are re-enacted, there's room for luxurious pauses while the visuals catch up with the poet's triggered thoughts running banshee away into formerly unexplored regions of hilarious fantasy and sweet memory: a morning coffee vision becomes penetrable as, lugging a typewriter into bed, a poet, surrounded by muses (in silk nightgowns) composes a ditty before unreluctantly submitting to mere mortal pleasures; a portrait sitter's fantasy of seeing the artist working topless is spliced in; a scantily dressed damsel sleepwalks her way through a dawning forest into the viewer's daydreams. Rudy's lyrical montage opens and reflects the world the way a poem does. He consistently gets to the essential fragments of an experience or a view. His perspective is that of a pedestrian god of the sidewalks, a celebrator of details we might have missed. The films are about desire, bewitched noticing and, most of all, love. " -Greg Masters

Rental: $50.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Aviary (1955) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

Made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell. "Rudy Burckhardt photographed this impression of New York's Union Square under Joseph Cornell's direction. This location held a particular fascination for Cornell who wanted to establish a foundation for artists and art therapy there. In the film he treats the park as an outdoor aviary."--P.Adams Sitney

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Good Evening Everybody (1977) 16mm, color & b/w, 43 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater, Psychology & Mental Health

Burckhardt has taken the young woman as his world. With characteristic good humor and lightness of touch in editing and pacing, he never succumbs to the cloying bombardment of the 'I'll put in everything' approach. He shapes it into a film we slide right down, toward a sparkling blue pool of water: our own sense of exhilaration." Ron Padgett "Good Evening Everybody" does not construct a world, but projects a personality. Burckhardt's camera observes life in a way characteristic of someone sensitive to irony, detail, diversity, humor, incongruity and (even) beauty, expressive of a cultivated, somewhat aloof, yet generous sensibility that suggests a perceptive, complicated and engaging, in fact ideal, traveling companion." Noel Carroll, SOHo News

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Mystic Grange or Our Favorite Flower (1988) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Haiti (1938) 16mm, DVD NTSC, black and white, 15.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

A young Swiss with a curious eye looks at this tropical black island world, savoring the difference.

Rental: $40.00 DVD sale: 50.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Pursuit of Happiness, The (1940) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

People moving in midtown New York, relating to a fire hydrant, a crack in the pavement and to each other. Quiet moments of buildings alone, only a barbershop sign moving, and some startling camera tricks at the end.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Montgomery, Alabama (1941) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

... where a soldier on a weekend pass takes a leisurely walk, on both sides of the tracks, with Kodachrome in his camera.

Rental: $30.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Climate of New York, The (1948) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"... courses among empty lots and children and their elders enjoying a quiet Sunday in Astoria, through subways, to buildings at dusk in Manhattan, with perceptive, stark clarity that beautifully preserves the past. Sharp and memorable..." -- A. H. Weiler, New York Times. This film has been preserved by Anthology Film Archives through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Fund.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Mounting Tension (1950) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The story was made up more or less as we went along; Larry as the madly energetic, oversexed artist and Jane, a combination of palmreader and psychoanalyst, trying to straighten him out but turning into another girlfriend and model. John Ashbery is a straight boy interested in baseball but ends up an abstract painter. With a scene in the Museum of Modern Art.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Under The Brooklyn Bridge (1953) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"... one cannot deny its documentary value or Burckhardt's eye for detail, his unpretentiousness. There are sequences -- the children swimming under the Brooklyn Bridge is one -- which belong with the best footage on New York by anybody." -- Jonas Mekas, Village Voice

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Aviary, The/Nymphlight/A Fable For Fountains (1957) 16mm, color & b/w, 18.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

N.B. Three titles on one reel. Three films made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell.

Rental: $80.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street (1956) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell, edited by R. B. "Slightly symbolic and strangely lyric." -- Alex Katz, Art News

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Mulberry Street (with Joseph Cornell) (1965) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

"Slightly symbolic and strangely lyric."--Alex Katz, Art News.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Eastside Summer (1959) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture, Music

A walk on the Lower Eastside, colorful and teeming to the piano of Thelonious Monk.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Lurk (1965) 16mm, black and white, 36.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

"Happy with his luscious daughter Aurora in a rustic setting, Professor Borealis has devised an improved brain and is ready to transplant it. From this point the action keeps turning corners. A really great performance by Red Grooms. Photography and direction are highly personal but poker-faced. The humor is tenderly black. Burckhardt's fusion of documentary-type photography with fairy tale story line is nearer Keystone than avant-garde with its visual honesty and particular virtuosity." -- Edwin Denby

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Angel (1967) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

In its simple succession of shots, Angel is evocative of a charged moment of heightened awareness, in which, suddenly, everywhere one looks there seems to be a sense of perfection. Like these moments, Angel seems peaceful on the surface, and slightly tense or sad at the same time, as one becomes aware that the moment cannot last. (Cornell seems to have made a life out of not only capturing these moments, but attempting to sustain them, and often evoking in his art the sadness of his failure to do so.) The pool underneath the fountain, beautifully filmed by Burckhardt, is a quintessential Cornell image. In the water we can see reflections of the fountain, trees, clouds, and the rich blue of the sky. The upside-down fountain is another example of Cornell's penchant for the backward image in his films. At one point, the camera slowly pans across the pool and comes to rest with the reflection of the sun at the very edge of the water. Looking down to see the sun: a most Cornellian thing to do. --Andy Ditzler Made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Square Times (1967) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

A Saturday night on 42nd Street, from dusk to dawn. The glamour, the garbage, the hot dogs, the movies, the sex and the violence in the air -- with music by The Supremes.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Times Square Films (1976) VHS NTSC, color, 13 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

1) "Square Times" 1967, A Saturday night on 42nd Street, from dusk to dawn. The glamour, the garbage, the hot dogs, the movies, the sex and the violence in the air -- with music by The Supremes. 2) "Sodom and Gomorrah, NY, 10036", 1976, A documentary about the sex industry around 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Rental: $75.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Money (1968) 16mm, black and white, 45 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

A silent screen-type comedy starring Edwin Denby as Hemlock Stinge. "It deals with old Mr. Stinge, the unlovable billionaire, and many other characters, rich and poor. It shows the luxury and degradation of New York City and the simple fresh air of Maine. The story can't resist slowing up to look at a girl; it skips a few logical links when it gets too complicated. It is being told by a hard-drinking farmer to his son to inspire him to become a billionaire too. The photography is masterful and draws no attention to itself. The text by Joe Brainard, ditto. The documentary sequences show people and buildings on the kind of real life day when you keep finding comedy wherever you look. Special to Burckhardt is the light touch. The jokes -- small touching ones, others outright gags -- are left unexploited and unexplained. The characters are all pretty bad, money is the root of all evil, and they ought not to enjoy themselves but they do anyway. The film is clearly unpretentious, free-wheeling and imaginative." -- Edwin Denby

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Tarzam (1969) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"The story of a shipwrecked baby reared by a kindly animal. See Tarzam, the beast-man, invent the art of painting. He meets his first human. His scene deepens from innocence to corruption and to final violence. Taylor is sublime, as always. The text is his, of course." -- Edwin Denby

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Summer (1970) 16mm, color, 15.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"A few acres of Maine, a small lake in the woods, wild flowers, clouds, mosses, and mushrooms after the rain. The visual richness is fantastic, the objective eye is absorbing. Burckhardt often cuts by glimpses, the second time you see the film you see twice as much, and each time the power and depth of feeling are new." -- Edwin Denby

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Inside Dope (1971) 16mm, color & b/w, 33 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Psychology & Mental Health

"One rainy day in Tulsa, when I was 13, the gym teacher showed our class some films in the 'mat' room. One film was about Dope: Jane's a nice girl dating Bob, and they go out in his '48 convertible and park with some friends of Bob's, rather fast friends it turns out. Pretty soon someone lights up a bent little cigarette and offers it to Jane. What's the matter is she chicken? Too late. Pretty soon she's hooked. On H. It has taken me 16 years to find a film which rivals this masterpiece. INSIDE DOPE is a pseudo-educational, fictitious documentary survey of the ups, downs, ins and far-outs of Dope. It is stunningly entertaining, because it is at once very funny and slightly sinister, like Red Skelton in the sky with diamonds. Burckhardt has assembled a star-studded cast: Edwin Denby, the silver ghost himself; beautiful naked girls Tessie Mitchell and Joan Fagin; beautiful but not naked girls Mimi Gross, Yvonne Jacquette, Gerry Jacquette, Elisabeth Rodgers and Susan Leites; dancer Bill Dunas; painters Larry Rivers. Red Grooms and Arthur Cohen; philosopher Edmund Leites; filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt and his son Jacob; and a supporting cast of thousands, including a crack drill corps of marching pills (in an animated sequence by poet Larry Fagin). The film has too many high points to mention, except for one, when a bum falls on the sidewalk and makes along distance call on a milk bottle." -- Ron Padgett

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Doldrums (1972) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"The New Jersey Turnpike and downtown New York in rain and shine. Trailer trucks, overpasses, and industrial wastes become natural wonders. The stream of trucks is often gay, buts sometimes ominous. After a thunderstorm, the pike gives way to charming and sexy shoppers on 14th St. Real sounds and wonderful color." -- Edmund Leites

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Caterpillar (1973) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Family, Landscape & Architecture

Looking down at nature's small works in the woods of Maine, the straight up at the sky, then down again at the going-on of an inch worm. It could happen any day.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Slipperella (1973) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

With Brooke Alderson. A fairy tale about a pair of moccasins that take off on their own, through woods and fields into the town of Belfast, Maine. They fall in love, drink beer, dream in the gutter, at last are rescued by the boy on whose feet they belong.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Bottle of the Bulge, The (1975) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Comedy, Family, Political / Social Activism

"A funny and gorgeous little animated story of the war between coke and pepsi -- the bottles come alive and form armies. The battle scenes are spectacular." Ron Padgett, Tap Journal

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Rudolph Burckhardt

City Pasture (1975) 16mm, color, 41.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

With Trevor Winkfield. A snow storm -- Disney World -- self important New York -- ox-pull in Maine -- a special old man -- strip tease -- an ant in the woods --wild 14th street -- a mugging survived -- the end. "Rudy Burckhardt films New York as a man might pick up shells and sea drift on the beach: some bits because they're pretty or odd, some because they may come in handy and some because he happens to be stooped over anyway..." -- Richard Eder, New York Times

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Default Averted (1975) 16mm, black and white, 19.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Economics

When New York was about to go bankrupt, all construction had stopped, and an architect tried to become a wrecker. The story of the demolition of a large factory building on 23rd and 6th, while daily business, grimy or funny, money or no money, goes on as usual all around. In stark black and white, with music by Thelonius Monk and Edgar Varese.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Dwellings (1975) 16mm, color, 12.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

Where Charles Simonds is building strange structures of tiny bricks in the crumbling walls of New York's Lower Eastside, for his 'Little People', as the astonished neighborhood kids look on.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Saroche (1975) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

A travelogue of Peru.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Sodom and Gomorrah, New York 10036 (1976) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

A documentary about the sex industry around 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Rental: $50.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Alex Katz Painting (1978) 16mm, color, 24 minutes min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

"In 1961 Frank O'Hara wrote, in a letter to John Ashbery, 'The great thing this year I think is Alex Katz,' and in 1962, 'I think he is one of the best, and even more uniquely, one of the most interesting painters in New York.' It is 1978 [when the film was made], and these opinions, once held by the happy few, are now widely accepted. Alex Katz is one of our great painters. How lucky we are, then, to have a film about him by an equally distinguished filmmaker! Such artistic combinations are rare. In this film we see Katz drawing and painting. We see his paint table (he drinks Medaglia d'Oro and eats Skippy peanut butter in the country), his studio, the green view out the door. We see his models. We see him laugh as he works. We see a fly land on his T-shirt, at the shoulder. We see his paintings, lots of them, in detail and from across the room, still shots and gentle, sinuous pans. We see his enormous Times Square billboard in progress, then finished. We see a show being hung, and the opening, where the people inevitably begin to resemble the art on the wall - such a funny and exquisite sensation! And over it all we hear Alex talking to us about his work, talking about style and influence and perception in the most straight-forward way. He talks about art in this matter-of-fact way because overinflation of ideas is precisely not what he's all about. He's smart enough to know that for a painter the look of things is more exciting than any idea about them, and he has the technical mastery capable of handling this visual excitement of life. ALEX KATZ PAINTING is like spending a couple of days with this great and articulate painter." -- Ron Padgett

Rental: $90.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Mobile Homes (1979) 16mm, color, 31.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Music, Personal / Diary / Journal

"The movie opens with a banana still-life vignette seen ripening through time-lapse photography for several days on a rooftop. The energy-charged New York Marathon follows, suggesting the rush of locations and pace about to unfold. The sense of traveling is persistent, we are taken from the marathon in New York, to breakfast in Maine, back to busy city streets, to the Grand Canyon, sky, the dancer Dana Reitz working out in the woods, poets posing, and the journey goes on. There is hardly a breather. Lines of David Shapiro's poem 'When a Man loves a Woman' are printed occasionally across the screen In one segment we hear Alice Notley read her poem 'A Woman comes into the Room.' Essentially a collage of images and sound, the precise order of events is unimportant. Overlays of time, season and location become fulfilling and cumulative experience, the particular sequences like cuts on a diamond." -- Joe Giordano

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Neil Welliver Painting in Maine (1980) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

Deep in the woods on a bright summer day we see Neil Welliver paint a small study of sunlight filtering over rocks and ferns through leaves of birches reflected in a quiet pool. Later in his barn-studio he translates the study into an 8 by 8 foot painting. He paints nature doing her own thing, not only in summer but spring, fall and winter as well. He lives in a rambling farmhouse with a large vegetable garden, his electricity supplied by windmills. He talks about landscape painting, the earlier kind and the kind he is doing. A straightforward film about an extraordinary artist.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Rads on Wheels (1980) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music

Remember the skateboard craze? Made at its peak in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. With Tom Burckhardt, whose song "I'm a Skateboard Junkie" is played by Vincent Katz.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Sonatina and Fugue (1980) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music

Images of city and landscape moving with a romantic piano sonatina by Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), then classic keyboard figures by Johann S. Bach. Images and music, "in" the same time-space, sometimes join and affect each other, then pursue their own independent course again.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Bach's Last Keyboard Fugue (1981) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Music

Dense, dark, wintry, black and white city scenes accompany the great Johann Sebastian's austre, magnificent, unfinished keyboard fugue, played on the piano by Charles Rose.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Cerveza Bud (1981) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"Taking its title from the favorite elixir of New York Hispanics and its format from collage, this filmic slice of life coalesces into an ethnographic view of a possible future: the city as a constantly bubbling, delirious playground where yesterday's monuments are symbols to be triumphed over, and tomorrow never arrives. Perhaps this is why the ultimate effect is one of wistfulness, due also to the unexpected intrusion of a memento mori in the guise of a nude traversing Maine woods, both visually mocking Central Park's trampled pastorality and offering its frenetic revelers an alternative route." -- Trevor Winkfield

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Yvonne Jacquette Painting "Autumn Expansion" (1981) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Landscape & Architecture

About the making of a large commissioned mural painting of an aerial view. From the first drawing out of a circling, single-engine plane, then transferring the studies onto three panels in New York, to the installation of the 27 feet wide, glowing-colored paintings in the post office of Bangor, Maine. With music by Domenico Scarlatti.

Rental: $35.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

All Major Credit Cards (1982) 16mm, color, 26 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Films about Film, Media

"R. B.'s new film is a magic dream, airy and clear. Everything you see is a fact, firm and distinct at the moment you are seeing it, a fact of daily life or of extraordinary dance, or of amateur acting, and you recognize each fact too, at a glance. Later, as the film continues, the factual seeing is still the same, but somehow it doesn't feel the same, it feels like a good dream you are dreaming, with a sly and witty tease to it, and nearly weightless. "The film went on to the end being novel, and I thought its smile was becoming more and more mysterious. Filmmakers often try to make a great film by making it feel heavier than the film is by nature. R. B. seems happy if he can make his feel lighter. That does leave him unique, and he succeeds in it too. "There is no distortion of image or sound. Its magic invention -- including the later dream-weight -- is new and inscrutable. It is a film that changes when you watch it again, it has many surprises I haven't mentioned. Take it as a wonderfully touching dream and as an amazing marvel of filmmaking. It is his sixty-first." -- Edwin Denby

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Indelible, Inedible (1983) 16mm, color, 8.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal / Diary / Journal

Images to accompany the lines of a poem by John Ashbery. "Rudy Burckhardt's film is a brilliant extension of my poem, perhaps the film I might have made myself if I were a filmmaker." -- John Ashbery

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Rudolph Burckhardt

"Untilted" (1984) 16mm, color, 17.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

"Made in 1983-4, UNTILTED takes an intrigued look around and reports on how things appeared then and what everyone was up to. Lines from a poem by John Ashbery (the title is his also, but from a different poem) cross the screen at times and our grasp of his elusive language is strengthened by the accompanying images. The land and people of Maine, New Mexico, and New York City appear to wittily chosen music by Busconi, Duke Ellington, Merle Haggard, Philip Glass, Cecil Taylor, et al. There are heroic hang-gliders soaring over hills, cars streaming sweetly around a corner in Lower Manhattan, and Yoshiko Chuma's dancers in fierce rehearsal, performing with vulnerable whimsey at a traffic intersection and frolicking intently (and unclothed) in the woods. Nudes appear with nonchalance in various other, often unlikely, circumstances, their nakedness different in quality every time. We take a tender look at pedestrians in Herald Square, snow falling at night on a city street, a fern in the sunlight, and bananas dancing where they will. Words, music, and images are so skillfully assembled here that they serve to reveal each other in surprising and delightful ways. UNTILTED is a great pleasure at first viewing and so rich that you will want to see it over and over again." -- Louise Hamlin (1984).

Rental: $40.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Central Park in the Dark (1985) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

With Christopher Sweet and Yoshiko Chuma and her SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS, to Charles Ives' piano music. "Lurking crime and lingering desire change the atmosphere of this brief but affecting film. The light changes moment by moment. The season is shifting. Figures move like phantoms in the penumbra. Beethoven glowers against the evening; a perfect Alice polishes bronze with her petticoat; traffic in diamonds and rubies twines its way among the trees; snarling youths self-destruct. The false promises of youth, beauty and art are the smoke out the windows of fire along Fifth Avenue." -- Christopher Sweet

Rental: $35
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Nude Pond, The (1985) 16mm, color, 29.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Poems by John Ashbery; with performances by Douglas Dunn and Susan Blankenson, Yoshiko Chuma. "A grand synthesis of the poetic free association films by Rudy Burckhardt has been perfecting for the past fifteen years. Democratic in its celebration of all contemporary art forms (dance, painting, performance art, music, and, of course, film), encyclopedic in its images (from New York City interiors to Maine brooks to Latin American villages), it is finally most unique by virtue of its emotional range. The filmmaker has achieved a style which enables him to encompass everything from the whimsical, even silly, to the deeply philosophical and grave, with all shades of curiosity and neutral observation ('Just walking around,' as the subtitle says) in-between." -- Phillip Lopate

Rental: $65.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Dancers, Buildings and People in the Street (1986) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"A huge white tractor-trailer narrowly interrupts the progress of a plug of people crossing a busy Manhattan avenue. They back off barely to give it to the alley it needs to pass and continue mechanically on. This is the pragmatic choreography of the city, the great dance so much moving in such restricted space continually performs. This also is the opening sequence of DANCERS, BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE IN THE STREET, the title of which comes from Edwin Denby's profoundly incisive book of essays on the dance. The infinitely energetic visual display of the city has been a primary subject for Burckhardt's camera for over forty years. Here this display of New York textures and cross-sections is juxtaposed with the creation of a dance work, Jig Jag, by choreographer-dancer Douglas Dunn and his remarkable company. The natural humor and classically tender abruptness of their gestures and phrases are beautiful enlargements or details of, in human scale, in animal scale, body to body, the vectors of form and relation in the carefully eyed city life outside." "The tension between these two worlds is masterfully edited back and forth and builds to a lovely conclusion in the night." -- Reed Bye.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

In Bed (1986) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

To a poem by Kenneth Koch with Chopin played by Gena Raps. "Arranged in staccato verses rapid as machine gun fire, the poem is read on the soundtrack while the visual choreography unfurls. The poem riffs on the plausible possibilities and remembered musings that took place in beds the poet has known. While some of these are reenacted, there's room for luxurious pauses while the visuals catch up with the poet's triggered thoughts running banshee away into formerly unexplored regions of hilarious fantasy and sweet memory: a morning coffee vision becomes penetrable as, lugging a typewriter into bed, a poet, surrounded by muses (in silk night gowns) composes a ditty before unreluctantly submitting to mere mortal pleasures; a portrait sitter's fantasy of seeing the artist working topless is spliced in; a scantily dressed damsel sleepwalks her way through a dawning forest into the viewer's daydreams. "Rudy's lyrical montage opens and reflects the world the way a poem does. He consistently gets to the essential fragments of an experience or a view. His perspective is that of a pedestrian god of sidewalks, a celebrator of details we might have missed. The films are about desire, bewitched noticing and, most of all, love." -- Greg Masters

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Zipper (1987) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Text: Ron Padgett A diary or collage film, ranging from snow in the Catskills, with stop-overs in Boulder, Colorado and San Francisco, to Easter in New York, flowers and cows in Maine, a Caribbean carnival in Brooklyn, country fairs with men splitting wood and women weight-lifting; and a last section with all these combined and more. The film is also about Venus -- two of them actually -- one a classic Renaissance Venus, the other a Nordic, Gothic one, the Venus of the Broken Trees. The music is a collage too, ranging from Spike Jones to Hector Berlioz' "Nuits d'Ete."

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Great Regular Flavor (1989) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A pleasant tasting summer film made in New York and Searsmont, Maine. With poems by Daniel Shapiro (age five), performances by Dana Reitz, Yoshiko Chuma and Wang Pint; music by Duke Ellington and Gamelon of Bali.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Ostensibly (1989) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Night Fantasies (1990) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Rental: $60.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Rubble Dance Long Island City (1991) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Wayward Glimpses (1992) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Literature & Theater

With music by Elliott Carter adding drama and richness, a surreal dance by Dana Reitz and Alice Notley reading her poem "I work in a whorehouse, I seem to like it/it is dark like a cave, with pink light..." We visit briefly New York, Provincetown, Martinique, Hong Kong, ending in the dark woods of Maine, with glimpses of women, peculiar, sometimes erotic, always fleeting.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Tree Streets (1995) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Philosophical

New York streets -- Maine woods -- New York With poems by Vincent Katz, Dances by Douglas Dunn, Dana Reitz, Grazia Della Terza. Rated M. B. S. T. B. A. (must be seen to be appreciated).

Rental: $60.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

On Aesthetics (1999) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

With the poem of the same title by Kenneth Koch.

Rental: $40.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Triple Duo (1999) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
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