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Classic Avant-Garde & Surrealist Films on DVD
What characteristics help to define an Avant-Garde, Surrealist, or Experimental film? Read this article from the Encyclopedia of American Studies to find out!
Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) by
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .E963 D26 2004
Publication Date: Produced 1929; DVD released 2004
Filmed in the subjective language of the unconscious, this early avant-garde film is a surrealist tale of unfulfilled desire, based on an exchange of dreams between Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel.
Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer by
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .S85 S92 2005
Publication Date: Produced 1965-1992; DVD released 2005
Utilizing a delirious combination of puppets, humans, stop-motion animation and live action, this collection of short films conjures up a dreamlike universe that is at once dark, macabre, witty and perversely visceral.
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Surrealist cinema sought to break with the conventional linear narrative style in favor of chance events and a world of the subconscious. This penetrating program, Surrealist Film: The Stuff of Dreams, analyzes the origin, evolution, and legacy of a cinematic movement whose stylistic artifacts can still be found in today’s mass culture. Background on Dadaism sets the stage for a nuanced discussion of Surrealism and its use of cinema to best express the movement’s vision during its heyday and since. Key figures of Dadaism and Surrealism are highlighted, as are important films such as La Coquille et le Clergyman, L’Étoile de Mer, and Buñuel’s iconic Un Chien Andalou and L’Âge d’Or.
Bike Boys, Drag Queens & Superstars: Avant-garde, Mass Culture & Gay Identities in the 1960s Underground Cinema by
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .E96 S82 1996 Online
Publication Date: 1996
At the confluence of experimental art and the gay subculture of early 1960s New York, this book discovers a postmodern, gay-influenced aesthetic that "recycles" popular culture. Filmmakers Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, and Andy Warhol epitomize this sensibility, combining the influences of European avant-garde movements, comic books, rock 'n' roll, camp, film cults, drag performances, fashion, and urban street cultures.
Companion to Luis Buñuel by
Call Number: PN 1998.3 .B86 E38 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Luis Buñuel was one of the great filmmakers of the 20th century. Shaped by a repressive Jesuit education and bourgeois family background, he rebelled against both. His early films are his most aggressive and shocking, the slicing of the eyeball in "Un Chien Andalou" one of the most memorable episodes in the history of cinema.
Cutting Edge: Art-Horror & the Horrific Avant-Garde by
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .E96 H38 2000
Publication Date: 2000
This book offers a provocative discussion of taste, trash aesthetics, and avant-garde culture of the 1960s and 1970s, revealing the subversiveness of the horror film as a genre.