It was at an Abel Gance retrospective in 1967 that Henri Langlois broke the news. Film historians had always considered Gance's "La Folie du Docteur Tube" (1915) a harbinger of Surrealism. But, Langlois explained, its extraordinary mess of distortion and hallucination was an accident. The opening
The year was 1919, the locale was Soviet Russia, and the mood was positively revolutionary. Luckily for him, Dziga Vertov was on the right train, filming Soviet Chairman Mikhail Kalinin on a propaganda tour.
As a young filmmaker and theoretician, Vertov was at the forefront of a roaring debate a
Trained as a filmmaker Lafia's work is informed by a joyous engagement with the formal qualities of artistic practice. In his own words, his "work is an exploration of how discourse constructs itself." His early experimental films -- "Auto-re-tour" and "Fini La Guerre" -- investigate the tensions be
It is the sensory impression of a moment -- its sight, sound, and smell -- that most deeply embeds itself in our memories and our internal histories, and it is such impressions that Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka seeks to capture in his short works. Quantitatively, the entire collection of his shor