Avant Garde 2: Experimental Cinema from 1928 - 1954

 | 6:00pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

In the latter half of the 20th Century, Raymond Rohauer was one of the nation’s foremost proponents of experimental cinema. This second collection continues its tribute to the Rohauer Collection, including the early works of Stan Brakhage and influential films by Willard Maas, Gregory Markopoulos, Marie Menken, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Mitry, Sidney Peterson and others. The piece de resistance is Jean isidore Isou’s passionate manifesto of film aesthetics Traite de Bave et D’eternite (Venom and Eternity), which sparked a riot when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1951. This edition of Venom includes 34 minutes of exclusive footage of a classic avant-garde film

Screening of selected films from the collection:

1) Geography of the Body (1943) – Produced and Directed by Willard Mass (7 mins)

2) Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection (1953) – Written, Photographed and Directed by Stan Brakhage (29 mins)

3) Arriere Saison (1950) – Written and Directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff (15 mins)

4) Venom and Eternity (1951) – Written, Produced and Directed by Jean Isidore Isou (111 mins)