David Devensky

Comedy Vignettes of 1970 (1970) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

I made this film with my brother Danny to try and capture our warped sense of humor. What turned out is a series of comedy characters, situations, running gags and satires. We're basically the show with some help from our family pets (2 dogs & cats). The film suffers from a preponderance of oral and anal neuroses. It is highly gross, sometimes clever and it has kept us both limp with laughter. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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David Devensky

I Wish I Could Shimy Like My Sister Kate (1972) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Free -- only if requested with 3 other titles. Old maids of the "gay 90s" lament over Sister Kate's Shimmy. In the end they find that the shimmy is also possible for them! All synchronized to music's rhythm + words." --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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David Devensky

Coffee Grinds (1969) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A sunny comedy about a young man who finds himself destined to spill coffee on everyone he meets, whether they be friend or foe. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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David Devensky

Old Time Comedy Night (1969) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"In David Devensky's picture the audience is shown an audience. We are looking at a picture of them and they, it turns out, are looking at a picture of themselves. At the same time, the suspicion grows that these purposely gross caricatures of the average movie spectator are looking past their dark and flickering images to something else. As in The Lickerish Quartet there is the uneasy feeling that the actors and audience have changed places and these parodies of ourselves, facing us, looking straight into the camera, are looking through the screen and seeing us- and that they find the spectacle hilarious." --Donald Richie, MOMA

Rental: $30.00
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David Devensky

Proof (1970) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

PROOF is a film so personal that it approaches therapy, but there are certain Devensky preoccupations which become readily apparent to everyone familiar with his work. Perhaps the finest sequence is the investigation of fifty-year-old tombstones in a Jewish cemetary - a scene which bears close resemblance to Devensky's scrutinizing of photographs in other films. Indeed, many of the graves bear photographs of their inhibitants and Devesky imbues the scene with that same romantic nostalgia... PROOF closes with a 2001-style light show and a direct statement of Devensky's evolutionary theory"

Rental: $40.00
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David Devensky

Beethoven's Chicken (1970) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"... consists of chickens being butchered and hung out on meat hooks, to the accompaniment of the Fifth Symphony. As the film progresses, the imagery mutates from nearly documentary to nearly surreal. An eyeball-clashing scene recalls "Chien Andalou" yet Devensky holds it on-screen much longer than Dali and Bunuel. Finally a chickens' skull is pounded to bits by a hammer. And each time we think (or wish) the final blow has fallen another follows. The camera peeks all the while and one is uncertain of what is more disquiting - the action on the film, or ridged stare of the camera. --Richard Koszarski, New York American

Rental: $30.00
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David Devensky

Caterpillars and Ants (1970) 16mm, black and white, 5.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

The apotheosis of Devensky's work is CATERPILLARS AND ANTS which technically resembles a Lumiere film. The camera starts at a man eating caterpillars for the entire running time. The spectacle is so repulsive that the hand-held camera begins to shake wildly, Devensky himself admits that he had to look away during part of the filming. Thus the camera did the looking for him and for us. The experience is quintessentially voyeuristic, as even the filmmaker did not experience first hand what was going on." --Richard Koszarski, New York American

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David Devensky

Evolutions's Step (1970) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Devensky's evolutionary theory... is considerably more subtle. The same man as in CATERPILLARS and ANTS is sitting alone in an apartment with an immerse accumulation of debris, listening blackly to a fragile Kreisler-like melody on an old gramophone. During the film the camera peers at him and his junk and even swoops around in lengthy tracking shots. At times it rests solely on close-ups of his craggy face (another Devensky preoccupation). The man begins to freak out as "phantoms" appear and collapses amid the rubble. The melody appears once more and this time he reacts to it. If the film's title indicate a continuation of thinking in "Proof" then what is seen is modern man surrounded by his accumulation of things, at first fulled and insensitive to beauty (the fragile melody) but finally becoming responsive to it after harrowing rite de passage" --Richard Koszarski, New York American

Rental: $30.00
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David Devensky

Homecall (1971) 16mm, color & b/w, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal

Consisting basically of home movie footage of family, relatives, and myself during the mid-1940's I have included loops of certain sequences and actions that have attracted me. Invariably people find HOMECALL a very warm film; however, upon closer scrutiny quite another facet is visible. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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David Devensky

Vampeer (1972) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

VAMPEER is told through a color mist and floating vales. A non-narrative film in the tradition of the Weber-Watson "Fall of the House of Usher" (1928) VAMPEER retains all the genre clichesbut uses them atmospherically. It is a Gothic, surrealistic study in color and light. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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