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697

A Page of Madness 1926

59
Silent
Japan

A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

698

Anémic cinéma 1926

7
Silent
France

A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as it rotates. The messages, in French, feature puns and whimsical rhymes and alliteration. The final message comments on the spiral motif itself.

699

Arsenal 1929

90
Silent
Soviet Union

Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev, after having survived a train wreck. His arrival coincides with a national celebration of Ukrainian freedom, but the festivities are not to last as a disenchanted.

700

At Land 1944

15
Silent
USA

Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

701

Ballet Mécanique 1924

19
Silent
France

A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, kitchen objects in concentric circles or rows - pots, pan lids, and funnels, cars passing overhead, a spinning carnival ride. Over and over, a heavy-set woman climbs stairs carrying a large bag on her shoulder. An Art Deco cartoon figure appears, dancing. This is a world in motion, dominated by mechanical and repetitive images, with a few moments of solitude in a garden.

702

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City 1927

65
Silent
Germany

A train speeds through the country on its way to Berlin, then gradually slows down as it pulls into the station. It is very early in the morning, about 5:00 AM, and the great city is mostly quiet. But before long there are some signs of activity, and a few early risers are to be seen on the streets. Soon the new day is well underway - it's just a typical day in Berlin, but a day full of life and energy.

703

Emak-Bakia 1927

18
Silent
France

Emak-Bakia shows elements of fluid mechanical motion in parts, rotating artifacts showing Ray's ideas of everyday objects being extended and rendered useless.

704

Entr’acte 1924

22
Silent
France

An absolute surrealistic movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a surrelistic chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin disapear.

705

Filmstudie 1926

7
Silent
Germany

Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads.

706

La coquille et le clergyman 1928

41
Silent
France

Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

707

La souriante Madame Beudet 1921

54
Silent
France

One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. One day, while the husband is away, she puts bullets in the revolver.

708

L'étoile de mer 1928

21
Silent
France

The film is based on a script by Robert Desnos and depicts a couple (Alice Prin and André de la Rivière) acting through scenes that are shot out of focus.

709

Lot in Sodom 1933

28
Talky
USA

Lot in Sodom is a sensual depiction of the Sodom and Gomorrah story filled with sinewy and semi-clad bodies, delirious bacchanales devoted to physical pleasure, and a searing, cataclysmic finale depicting the fall of a city devoted to sins of the flesh. Digitally mastered from excellent 35mm elements. Lot In Sodom has its original experimental soundtrack by Alec Wilder.

710

Ménilmontant 1926

38
Silent
France

A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

711

Meshes of the afternoon 1943

14
Silent
USA

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

712

Rain 1929

14
Silent
Netherlands

Rain was one of the founding voices of avant-garde documentary, and perhaps the fullest realization of the filmic tradition of City Symphony.

713

Symphonie diagonale 1924

5
Silent
Germany

This short film is a visual rather than musical symphony. A cacophony of animated geometric figures appear in succession, much like a musical piece where idioms or themes emerge. All the figures have in common that they are oriented either approximately minus thirty degrees from the horizontal plane or approximately plus thirty degrees from the horizontal plane.

714

The Fall of the House of Usher 1928

13
Silent
USA

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become nearly catatonic. As the visitor's stay at the mansion continues, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax.

715

The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra 1928

11
Silent
USA

This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9314 written on his forehead), after which he dies and goes on to Heaven where the number is removed.

716

The Private Life of a Cat 1947

22
Silent
USA

Two cats have a litter of 5 kittens and then nurse, teach and play with them.

717

The Return to Reason 1923

3
Silent
France

Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating egg crate. One of the first Dadaist films.