Michelangelo Antonioni

Nettezza Urbana: N. U. (1948) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Political / Social Activism

Antonioni's second film, an essay on Roman Street sweepers, much of it photographed at dawn and dusk, using the visual methods that appear in his later feature films. From the narration: Apparently we don't care who these sweepers are or how they live, these quiet and humble workers who no one deems worthy of a word or even a stare. Street sweepers are a apart of the city to the same degree as inanimate objects. And yet, no one more than they takes part in the life of the city -- Robert A. Haller

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

James Broughton

Mother's Day (1948) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

Kermit Sheets, assistant director; Frank Stauffacher, photography; Howard Brubeck, music. One of the first major works of the San Francisco film movement, MOTHER'S DAY is a painfully humorous recollection of childhood in which a family of singular adults recreate their infancy by behaving as they did when growing up. "Humorous, satirical, and overwhelmingly skillful, this ironic camera exploration of the artist's world of memory, imagination and perception is among the finest, most challenging films yet produced in this country." -- Arthur Knight "MOTHER'S DAY for me is one of the great films in film history." -- Peter Kubelka Awards: Belgium, 1949; Venice, 1952.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

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.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Maya Deren

Meditation On Violence (1948) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

Just as the actual movements of Chinese boxing are a physical statement of certain metaphysical concepts, so the film MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE is, in filmic terms, itself a statement of those same concepts, employing the physical movements as only one of the visual means.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Curtis Harrington

Picnic (1948) 16mm, black and white, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Beginning in the reality of American middle-class life, this film portrays the idealistic dream-quest of the protagonist, from which he is finally cast back, no longer living, into that same reality. --C. H.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Willard Maas

Image In The Snow (1948) 16mm, black and white, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Assisted by Marie Menken. Original 12-tone score by Ben Weber. A modern morality, in which a young man led by despair searches a city for salvation. His spiritual journey through the lyric landscape of a dream leads him to a world of violence and disillusionment. Award: Cannes Film Festival

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

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

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

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