Experimental Film Anthologies

Chris and Nick both mention the good news that two major collections of American and European avant-garde and experimental films are hitting DVD in the near future. Kino has just released a 2 DVD collection, and Unseen Cinema has a 6 DVD set, apparently due for an October release. Among the highlights: Ferdinand Leger’s Ballet mecanique, which I used to teach at the University of Illinois.

I should really be working on conference papers, syllabi, and articles, but just wanted to mention these anthologies, both of which look very cool. Chris’s descriptions also make Dmitri Kirsanoff’s M√©nilmontant and Jean Epstein’s La Glace √† Trois Faces/Three-Way Mirror sound particularly interesting.


  1. cynthia Said,

    August 11, 2005 @ 11:20 pm

    they do look cool but i would much prefer collections of NEW experimental film over the stuff i saw a hundred times in grad school…

  2. Chuck Said,

    August 11, 2005 @ 11:27 pm

    Good point. Of course, I’m probably thining about them as teaching tools. You know, so I can subject my students to these same films….

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