Marie Menken

Andy Warhol (1965) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, journal

"A long day in the life of Pop artist Any Warhol shortened into minutes: a document." -- M.M.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Marie Menken

Arabesque for Kenneth Anger () 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Original score by Teiji Ito. "A new sound version of this classic. It is a beautiful experience to see her fabulous shooting. The cutting is just as fabulous and is something for all to study; the new score by Teiji Ito is 'out of this world' with its many leveled instrumentation. Marie says 'These animated observations of tiles and Moorish architecture were made as a thank-you to Kenneth for helping to shoot on another film in Spain.' Shot in the Alhambra in one day." -- Gryphon Film Group

Rental: $40.00
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Marie Menken

Bagatelle for Willard Maas () 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Original score by Teiji Ito. "This is a new version of the now famous film made for her husband, the poet and film-maker. Returning from the Brussels fair, she shot this at Versailles and the Louvre. There is wit, irony and prophecy here (though perhaps not apparent to those who do not know Marie Menken and Willard Maas personally). She says only 'A more serious film than ARABESQUE, BAGATELLE attempts to synchronize into a lyric statement some observations on Versailles.' Marie Menken's fountains are the fountains of life. Marie Menken's Versailles is the Versailles of death. The beauty of this film is the alternation of the fountains and Versaille death. Only Marie Menken would have the subtlety, sensibility, sesitivity, receptivity to fuse and fetilize the classical paradoxes in such an immediate visual apotheosis. Only Teiji Ito, the most profoundly cinematic composer now writing for the film, could have composed such a perfect accompaniment. Marie Menken and Teiji Ito have collaborated in an aritistic fusion rare in the world of art." -- Charles Boultenhouse

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Dwightiana () 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Score for steel drum, guitar and flute by Teiji Ito. "A charming, frivolous animation 'made to entertain a sick friend.'" -- Cinema 16

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Excursion (1968) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Eye Music in Red Major (1961) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A study in light based on persistence of vision and enhancement from eye fatigue." -- M.M.

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Glimpse of the Garden (1957) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: nature, landscape

Soundtrack: birdsong "A lyric, tender, intensely subjective exploration of a flower garden, with extreme magnification, flashing color harmonies." -- Cinema 16 "She deserves the order of the square halo, first class, with harps in diamonds." -- Dwight Ripley

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Hurry! Hurry! (1957) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Experimental soundtrack: continuous bombardment. "A daring film ballet danced by human spermatozoa under powerful magnification ... a dance of death made from scientific footage, printed over murky fire." -- Cinema 16

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Mood Mondrian (1965) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A film of a painting of a sound. Piet Mondrian's 'Broadway Boogie-Woogie' is translated into visual boogie rhythm."--M.M. "MOOD MONDRIAN can already be described as an extraordinary and perhaps revolutionary cinematic achievement."--Joseph LeSueur.

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Moonplay (1964-1966) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Sound by Teiji Ito. A lunar fantasy in animated stop-motion.

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Notebook (1962-1963) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: diary_ journal

These are too tiny or too obvious for comment, but one or two are my dearest children. "It is a very personal film which she keeps adding to ... a masterpiece of filmic fragments, only shown once, but wow!" -- P. Adams Sitney

Rental: $35.00
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Marie Menken

Sidewalks/Wrestling/Notebook (1966) 16mm, color & b/w, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
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Marie Menken

Visual Variations On Noguchi (1945) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"Poetry of natural sound" score by Lucille Dlugoszewski. "By use of hand-held, ambulating camera, unusual editing and a startling experimental score by Lucille Dlugozewski, the sculptures of the famous Japanese-American artist, Isamu Noguchi, are given audacious movement in a controversial art-film experiment." -- Cinema 16 "Never before have I seen such purely dynamic treatment of sculpture in film. Marie Menken has successfully transformed Noguchi's sculpture into her own medium." -- Norman McLaren

Rental: $35.00
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Marie Menken

Watts With Eggs (1967) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

"By 1967, Menken had become interested in the work of Fluxus artist Robert Watts and made a short animation piece, Watts with EGGS, in which she animates his chrome-casted Box of Eggs. The film opens with lights reflected in the eggs (of course), then, through single framing, pixilates a man's hand arranging eggs in different patterns. The hands (those of John Hawkins) fill the box back up with eggs. Next, the eggs do the same routine, but more magically, more serenely, without the assistance of the hands. Menken also introduces a string and a feather duster into animated action, so that the eggs, one by one, seem to be coming directly out of the duster (objects infect objects). By the end, the eggs are magically back in their box... The event structure of Watts's work paralleled Menken's effort to create and event-based film. Watts was interested, as Menken had been in her earlier work as a painter, in how the performative and participatory could be activated. Another important level of aesthetic inquiry that Watts's own projects inspired in Menken was her own fascination with objects as items of fetish." -Melissa Ragona, from "Swing and Sway: Marie Menken's Filmic Events" in Women's Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks, ed. Robin Blaetz, p. 37

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Wrestling (1964) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A TV 'concrete.'

Rental: $25.00
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Marie Menken

Drips In Strips (1961) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Spattered paint responding to gravity, forming its own patterns and combinations of color." -- M.M.

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Go Go Go (1964) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Taken from a moving vehicle, for much of the footage. The rest uses stationary frame, stop-motion. In the harbor sequence, I had to wait for the right amount of activity, to show effectively the boats darting about; some sequences took over an hour to shoot, and last perhaps a minute on the screen. The "strength and health" sequence was shot at a body beautiful convention. Various parts of the city of New York, the busy man's engrossment in his busy-ness, make up the major part of the film ... a tour-de-force on man's activities.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Marie Menken

Lights (1966) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Made during the brief Christmas-lit season, usually between the hours of midnight and 1:00 A.M., when vehicle and foot traffic was light, over a period of three years. Based on store decorations, window displays, fountains, public promenades, Park Avenue lights, building and church facades. I had to keep my camera under my coat to warm it up, as the temperature was close to zero much of the time." -- M.M.

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Sidewalks (1966) 16mm, black and white, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Photography: Willard Maas and John Hawkins. "Looking down instead of around, while walking, finding the magic patterns in the pavements of a city."--John Hawkins

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Marie Menken

Visions of Warhol (1964-1990) DVD PAL, B/W, 56 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by three pioneer avant-garde film-makers and close friends of the Pop-artist.

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

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