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Select Soviet Montage Films
Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a movie commemorating the failed uprising of 1905, a mere 20 years after the actual incident. Eisenstein duly hails as heroes the people whose actions were regarded as traitorous in 1905
Call Number: Lower Lvl Foreign Language DVD 3063
Man with a Movie Camera by A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.Vertov's feature film, produced by the film studio VUFKU, presents urban life in the Soviet cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa. It has no actors. From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life.
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Foreign Language 6186.2
October by Silent film reenactment detailing the events leading up to the Russian Revolution. The film was commissioned to Sergei Eisenstein to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Eisenstein chose to capture the spirit of the era by focusing on one place at one point in time: Petrograd between February and October 1917, and using a political perspective. The original version was heavily censored by Stalin, and released in the US as 'Ten days that shook the world'. In 1967 a full restoration was made, and a music score by Shostakovich and sound effects track were added.
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Documentary 2400
Strike by Set in pre-World War I Tsarist Russia, the story depicts a strike by factory workers and its brutal suppression by the authorities.
General Notes "Contains a new and illuminating audio commentary by Yuri Tsivian, Professor at the University of Chicago and one of the world's leading scholars of Russian and Soviet cinema
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Foreign Language 1322
Select Collage Films
4 Films by Virgil Widrich by Fast film is a chase through film-chases, implemented by using print-outs of found-footage frames, which are then folded and animated.
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVDs - Foreign Language 2599
By Brakhage: an Anthology Many of his most famous works pursue the nature of vision itself and transcend the act of filming. Some, including the legendary Mothlight, were created without using a camera at all, as he pioneered the art of making images directly on film, by drawing, painting, and scratching. With these two volumes, we present the definitive Brakhage collection -- fifty-six of his works, from across his career
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVDs Drama 5449
Of Time and the City by Terence Davies lifts viewers up into the world of fantasy and collective emotion as he presents popular and classical music, voices, radio clips, and a powerful poignant voiceover of his birthplace Liverpool. Includes themes such as Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, the glory of cinema, outsiderness, and childhood.
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Documentary 5812
Robert Frank - The Complete Film Works by ME AND MY BROTHER: This was Frank's first feature-length film work and it celebrates the return of the poetic essay as assemblage, the affirmation of the underground as a wild cinematic analysis in the form of a collage. There is a method to this film's madness: it is so rich in text, quotes, music, and associations that keeping up with it through the underbrush of psyche, film, and urbanity is barely possible.
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Documentary 3641
How to Draw a Bunny
Call Number: DVD Documentary 4512
Explores the fascinating, often hilarious, and always enigmatic world of artist and underground icon Ray Johnson whose mysterious suicide frames the film. He was considered a genius whose collages have been exhibited in major museums around the world.
Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Documentary 6860
Photographer, painter, filmmaker, poet, essayist, philosopher -- Man Ray was an extraordinary man with extraordinary talents. One of the primary leaders of the American modernist movement, he single-handedly pioneered some of the 20th century's most important arts innovations
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Documentary 4100
As hip-hop rose from the streets of New York to become a multibillion-dollar industry, artists such as Public Enemy and De La Soul began reusing portions of previously recorded music for their songs. But when record company lawyers got involved everything changed. Years before people started downloading and remixing music, hip-hop sampling sparked a debate about copyright, creativity, and technological change that still rages today.
Treasures IV: American Avant Garde Film
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Documentary 4330
In the years following World War II, a new generation of Americans experimented with cinema. Some came to filmmaking from painting or sculpture; others from music, anthropology, photography, or political activism. Includes films by Joseph Cornell and Stan Brakhage.
Art: 21 Season 3
Call Number: Lower Lvl DVD Documentary 3055
Artist Arturo Herrera discusses chance, fragmentation, narrative, and motivation in relation to his artistic practice and with the collages he's been photographing.