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Structuralist, Collagist and Surrealist Film: The Poetics of Avant-Garde Cinema

Not rated. Directed by Various.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., July 12, 2001

1940s and 1950s includes a selection of rarely screened works of experimental cinema. The program includes “Aviary” (1955) and “A Legend for Fountains” (1957-1970) by artist Joseph Cornell; “Ritual in Transfigured Time” (1946) by the legendary Maya Deren; the playful “The Potted Psalm” by Sidney Peterson and James Broughton; “The Pursuit of Happiness” (1940) and “Under the Brooklyn Bridge” (1953) by photographer and artist Rudy Burkhardt; “The Way to Shadow Garden” (1955) by a young Stan Brakhage; “Radio Dynamics” (1943) by abstract experimentalist Oskar Fischinger; and “Color Cry” (1952) by animator Len Lye. See Screens story on p.46 or for more on the series.

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