Sidney Peterson

Cage, The (1947) 16mm, black and white, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

We were trying to say goodbye to an epoch, the one into which we had been driven in Apollinaire's "Petite Auto." The adventures of a detached eyeball. Resources limited, content almost unlimited. Most celebrated shot: artist with head in birdcage. "Marks the emergence of a naive-sophisticated style." -- S. P., The Dark of the Screen "[Peterson is] one of the originators of the American avant-garde cinema. The five films he made in San Francisco between 1947 and 1950 have become classics; they have influenced the cinematic education of many of the best filmmakers of subsequent generations." -- P. Adams Sitney "One of the greats, a pioneer of the American experimental film .... With his sharp, proto-Funk assemblages of wild sight-gags and free associations, he celebrated those aspects of the Rene Clair and Buñuel/Dali films that were indebted to the work of Chaplin, Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy." -- Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, program notes "Peterson's films affirm the emergence of this new artist, the American experimental filmmaker." -- Jon Gartenberg

Rental: $45.00
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Sidney Peterson

Clinic of Stumble (1947) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Dance

"A lovely, comically solemn dance film composed of superimposed images." -- Vincent Canby, The New York Times "It's an astonishing little dance film because the film and the ballet are indivisible -- neither could exist without the other. It's not just a photographed dance. It's an organic work of art." -- Joseph Gelmis, Newsday

Rental: $35.00
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Sidney Peterson

Potted Psalm, The (1947) 16mm, black and white, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Made with James Broughton. "That was the greatest film we've ever seen." -- a solitary couple at the premiere

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Sidney Peterson

Petrified Dog (1948) 16mm, black and white, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Scrambled Alice in Wonderland with brutiste track. Pierre Schaeffer (musique concrete) threatened to sue. "Chases within chases. A mother runs after a child. A man ... seems to be pursuing himself. A woman who has been nibbling her lipstick through half of the film is pursued by a man. The pursuit of art is represented by a painter daubing at a landscape in an empty frame." -- TDOTS

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Sidney Peterson

Lead Shoes, The (1949) 16mm, black and white, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"THE LEAD SHOES issued almost totally without flaw ...." -- Parker Tyler

Rental: $55.00
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Sidney Peterson

Mr. Frenhofer And The Minotaur (1949) 16mm, black and white, 20.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Based on Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu, Balzac's Abstract Expressionist parable. "... should be studied by experimental filmmakers in every detail." -- Parker Tyler "We are at the crux of Peterson's genius: his ability to formulate a new perspective and to test its implications." -- P. Adams Sitney

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Sidney Peterson

Man In A Bubble (1981) 16mm, black and white, 15.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music

There is a wild sound in the streets where once bells called men to prayer and choruses chanted in march time to the decibels of an infernal brimstone cacophony from which the damned in a Boschean hell sought refuge in the solitude of the philosopher's egg, the transparent bubble of the alchemical Hermetic vessel. MAN IN A BUBBLE is a short documentary about personal acoustical space in an age of intolerable noise. Some stuff their ears against the electronic smog. Others wear headphones. A few scream and very few begin to discern in the deafening uproar the emergence of a Tondichtung worthy of the urban primitivism which gives birth to it. The film was shot in Chicago and New York. "Peterson has always been good on street photography, and the fragmented views of New York and Chicago have a jangling abrasive kick." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice "I think you've managed one of the happiest most hopeful visions of yr life withOUT one jot of sentimentality to spoil it. The 'dancers'/skaters, each wrapped in his or her own 'bub' is a tough weave of HARD joy ... Bravo!" -- Stan Brakhage

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