Transformation of Persephone, The
16mm, color, 10.75 min
A flashback by Queen Persephone, as she recalls her abduction, resistance, surrender, passion, orgasm and transformation -- a parallel to the sexual history of women.
"Magical transformation, bold, appealing, greatly in the manner of Jean Cocteau ...." -- Roger Greenspun, The New York Times
16mm Rental: $20.00
Lil Picard, Art Is a Party
16mm, color, 13.5 min
"Delightfully funny picture of Lil's 75th birthday party. All the 'art world' is there. As the evening (and the film) go on, it gets faster and drunker." -- Martha Edelheit, Womenartist News
16mm Rental: $20.00
Nightclub, Memories of Havana in Queens
16mm, color & b/w, 5.5 min
Keywords: Comedy, Dance
Three Latin Dancers in a nightclub in Queens make up, and do a samba, a merengue and an afro-cuban dance. Filmed both tongue-in-cheek with humor and satire at the kitsch aspects, and also seriously as a tribute to the culture's ancient sensuality. "Another art form (dance) was displayed in Silvianna Goldsmith's witty NIGHTCLUB." -- Daryl Chin,
16mm Rental: $20.00
16mm, color, 35.75 min
Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health
Orpheus was shot in New York City using backgrounds such as Coney Island and the Lower East Side for the Underworld. Influences include Fellini's Satyricon and Cocteau's Blood of a Poet, Jack Smith and a residue of the political climate of the late '60s and early '70s.
"Silvianna Goldsmith's beautiful and romantic ORPHEUS UNDERGROUND ... depicts rape from a woman's angle of vision ... renders female orgasm as a bursting forth of pomegranate seeds. ..." -- Maryse Holder, Changes and Off Our Backs
"Silvianna's film ORPHEUS reconciles the surrealist visionary quest of a Bunuel with the cinematic optique of a Cocteau in her rendition of the artist's interior voyage to the unconscious .... Sylvianna ... constantly addresses the inner eye of the viewer by transforming that reality through the visionary process of the symbolic imagination. Silvianna's 'trip' is a Jungian rite of passage." -- Gloria Orenstein
16mm Rental: $60.00
16mm, color, 27.75 min
Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, History
Lil Picard, the colorful, outrageous art world personality, performance and collage artist, and critic, tells her story, from Belle Epoque Belle, to Berlin Twenties Cabaret dancer, Thirties journalist and refugee from Hitler's Germany, to her long involvement with the art world and its artists. Lil's story, which she tells with Rousseau-like honesty, reflects the history of the times. "Silvianna Goldsmith's LIL PICARD is extraordinary for two reasons. First, because the subject lets herself be recorded stating the most candid account of her exciting and long life. She states that she had a forest of penises to choose from. ... These and other truly candid revelations are an eye opener. Second, the picture is a first class work of historical journalism, showing the life and career of one of this country's most interesting woman artists and journalists in a true and open portrayal. Lil's life from childhood to senior citizenship was a tour through great events." -- Charles I. Levine Exhibition: Anthology Film Archives, 1981; accepted, Jewish Film Festival, Paris, 1986.
16mm Rental: $45.00
Oneiro: In the Shadow of Idadora
16mm, color, 14 min
Keywords: Dance, Literature & Theater
"Oneiro means dream in Greek. This video is a dream trip from classic to modern in imagery. In Jungian terms, the shadow is the other self. The dancer performs five dances in the style of Isadora Duncan that seem to be a ritual descent and emergence through a shadow self. The video utilizes computer-generated and other experimental effects. Lori Belilove, the dancer and choreographer, is one of the foremost exponents of the dances of Isadora Duncan today.
"ONEIRO: IN THE SHADOW OF ISADORA is an homage to Isadora Duncan. The movements of dancer Lori Belilove are superimposed on images of ancient Greek temples, paintings, sculptures and the Aegean Isles, in an ethereal, airy, charming piece, set to music by Ravel." -- Lori Weinless
16mm Rental: $100.00
Hearts, Chains And Flowers
16mm, color, 8 min
Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage
Filmed from a choreographed eternal B and D triangle, old found erotic footage, optically printed and rear screen rephotograhped with a Matte Box, and hand painted. According to Stekel, in all of us is the will to power and the will to power and the will to submission; every pleasure is close to pain, and in all love there is some hate. To be able to stretch our boundaries and explore our shadow side, here with a bit of black humor, this is part of our new freedoms.--S. G.
16mm Rental: $25.00
16mm, , 11 min
16mm Rental: $30.00
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