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Light rhythms : music and abstraction

Author: Bruce Charles PosnerDavid ShepardMan RayFernand LégerDudley MurphyAll authors
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, ©2005.
Series: Unseen cinema, 3.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Partial animation : NTSC color broadcast system : English
Database:WorldCat
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"The rhythmic elements of cinema are explored by artists and filmmakers fascinated by the abstract qualities of light. The American authors of avant-garde classics Le Retour á la raison (1923), Ballet mécanique (1923-24), Anémic cinéma (1926), and Une Nuit sur le Mont Chauve (1934), are finally acknowledged for their seminal artistic achievements made in Europe. Pioneer abstract films by Ralph Steiner, Mary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Silent films
Short films
Experimental films
Material Type: Partial animation, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Charles Posner; David Shepard; Man Ray; Fernand Léger; Dudley Murphy; Marcel Duchamp; Al Brick; Ralph Steiner; Slavko Vorkapich; Ernst Lubitsch; Francis Joseph Bruguière; Oswell Blakeston; Alexandre Alexeieff; Claire Parker; Melville Webber; Mary Ellen Bute; Theodore Nemeth; Rutherford Boyd; Busby Berkeley; Douglass Crockwell; George L K Morris; Norman McLaren; Dwinell Grant; Francis Lee; John Hoffman; Fox News.; Anthology Film Archives.; British Film Institute.; Cineric (Firm); Film Preservation Associates.; Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main.; George Eastman House.; Image Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 148115826
Notes: DVD-ROM accessible features: filmmaker biographies and photo gallery, acknowledgements, sponsors, film note authors, credits, musicians.
Description: 1 videodisc (168 min.) : si., sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD video, region 0 NTSC, Dolby digital stereo, original 1.33:1 aspect ratio; DVD-ROM drive required to access extra features.
Contents: Le retour à la raison = Return to reason / Man Ray, 1923 (3 min.) --
Ballet méchanique / Fernand Leger, Dudley Murphy, 1923-24 (16 min.) --
Anémic cinéma / Rrose Sélavy (Marcel Duchamp), 1924-26 (7 min.) --
Looney lens series : Anamorphic people / Al Brick for Fox News, 1927 (2 min.) --
Out of the melting pot / W. Ganz Studio, 1928 (3 min.) --
H2O / Ralph Steiner, 1919 (13 min.) --
Surf and seaweed / Ralph Steiner, 1929-30 (13 min.). Vorkapich montage sequences, 1928-37: The furies / Slavko Vorkapich, 1934 (3 min.) --
Legacy of a Hollywood extra, 1928-29 (3 min.) --
The firefly : battle of Vitoria / Vorkapich and MGM versions, 1937 (3 min., 2 segments) --
Maytime : opera singers romance/career / Slavko Vorkapich, 1937 (4 min.) --
So this is Paris / Ernst Lubitsch, 1926 (4 min. excerpt) --
Light rhythms / Francis Bruguière, Oswell Blakeston, 1929-30 (5 min.) --
Une nuit sur le Mont Chauve = Night on Bald Mountain / Alexander Alexeieff, Claire Parker, 1933 (8 min.) --
Rhythm in light / Melville Webber, Mary Ellen Bute, Theodore Nemeth, 1934 (5 min.). Synchromy no. 2 / Mary Ellen Bute, Theodore Nemeth, 1936 (6 min.) --
Parabola / Rutherford Boyd, Mary Ellen Bute, Theodore Nemeth, 1936-38 (9 min.) --
Footlight parade : by a waterfall / Busby Berkeley for Warner Brothers, featuring Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, 1933 (10-min. exerpt) --
Glens Falls sequence / Couglass Crockwell, 1937-46 (7 min.) --
Simple destiny abstractions / Douglass Crockwell, 1937-49 (90-sec. excerpt) --
Abstract movies / George L.K. Morris, 1939-47 (10 min.) --
Scherzo / Norman McLaren, 1939 (1 min.) --
Composition #1: Themis / Dwinell Grant, 1940 (3 min. 30 sec.) --
Composition #2: Contrathemis / Dwinell Grant, 1941 (4 min.). 1941 / Francis Lee, 1941 (4 min.) --
Moods of the sea / Slavko Vorkapich, John Hoffman, 1942 (10 min.).
Series Title: Unseen cinema, 3.
Other Titles: Music and abstraction
Responsibility: Anthology Film Archives in association with British Film Institute, Cineric, Inc., Deutsches Filmmuseum, Film Preservation Associates, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art present ; curator, Bruce Posner ; DVD producer, David Shepard.

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"The rhythmic elements of cinema are explored by artists and filmmakers fascinated by the abstract qualities of light. The American authors of avant-garde classics Le Retour á la raison (1923), Ballet mécanique (1923-24), Anémic cinéma (1926), and Une Nuit sur le Mont Chauve (1934), are finally acknowledged for their seminal artistic achievements made in Europe. Pioneer abstract films by Ralph Steiner, Mary Ellen Bute, Douglass Crockwell, Dwinnell Grant, and George Morris are compared and contrasted with Hollywood montages created by Ernst Lubitsch, Slavko Vorkapich, and Busby Berkeley. For the first time on video, composer George Antheil's original 1924 score accompanies Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy's film Ballet mécanique, a truly avant-garde cacophony of image and sound"--Container.

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