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Unseen Cinema 3: Light Rhythms

Lubitsch, Ernst, (filmmaker). Murphy, Dudley, (filmmaker). Vorkapich, Slavko, (filmmaker). Filmmakers Showcase (Firm), (Distributor). Kanopy (Firm), (Distributor).
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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (152 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Filmmakers Showcase, 1924.

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Title from title frames.
In Process Record.
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Alice Prin, Katherine Hawley Murphy, Dudley Murphy
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Originally produced by Filmmakers Showcase in 1924.
Summary, etc.:
Light Rhythms is part of the film retrospective Unseen Cinema that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema.. The rhythmic elements of cinema are explored by artists and filmmakers fascinated in the abstract qualities of light. The American authors of avant-garde classics Ballet m©♭canique (1923-24), An©♭mic cin©♭ma (1926), and Nuit sur le Mont Chauve (1934) are finally acknowledged for their seminal artistic achievements made in Europe. Pioneer abstract films by Ralph Steiner, Mary Ellen Bute, Douglass Crockwell, Dwinnell Grant, and George Morris are compared and contrasted with Hollywood montages created by Ernst Lubitsch and Slavko Vorkapich. For the first time on video, composer George Antheil's original 1924 score accompanies Fernand L©♭ger and Dudley Murphy's film Ballet m©♭canique, a truly avant-garde cacophony of image and sound.. 26 FILMS BY FEATURED DIRECTORS: Alexander Alexeieff, Oswell Blakeston, Rutherford Boyd, Al Brick, Francis Brugui©·re, Mary Ellen Bute, Douglass Crockwell, Marcel Duchamp, W.J. Ganz Studio, Dwinell Grant, John Hoffman, Francis Lee, Fernand L©♭ger, Looney Lens, Ernst Lubitsch, George Morris, Dudley Murphy, Ted Nemeth, Claire Parker, Rrose Selavy, Ralph Steiner, Slavko Vorkapich, Melville Webber.. Curated by Bruce Posner and produced by David Shepard. "Rich with inventive and curious experiments.́ - LA Weekly. ́Therés a certain American impulse to be cherished here ́ irascible, restless, and vibrant. The sense of possibility, of play, of discovering the possibilities of the form, is palpable in Unseen Cinema.́ - City Pages, Twin Cities. Made possible in part by Cineric, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Film Preservation Associates
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Subject: Arts--Experimental methods.
Motion pictures.
Genre: Documentary films.

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