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Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

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Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films® Collection, in collaboration with Filmmakers Showcase, are proud to present Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 in a 4-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition. This breathtaking collection includes 37 films, restored to pristine high-definition, by some of the foremost experimental filmmakers of the 20th century (Fernand Léger, Mary Ellen Bute, Oskar Fischinger, Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Jonas Mekas and many more).

Commencing in 1920 with Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s creative collaboration on Manhatta, successive generations of experimental filmmakers and artists have worked in collaboration or alone to create a cinema capable of expressing dynamic unspoken concepts in totally abstract visual terms.

To watch these films is to see the world anew through cinematic interventions: fast cutting, expressive camerawork, abstract animation, surrealistic collage, distorted and superimposed imagery, and many more extraordinary techniques. Essentially the filmmakers ask us to open our eyes and see, to permit the reception of pure sensations uninhibited by any complex web of predetermined associations dominant in mainstream Hollywood cinema.

Collected from archives around the world and beautifully restored in high definition, the majority of the vintage silent films in Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 feature new musical scores from innovative composers such as Donald Sosin, George Antheil, Eric Beheim, Rodney Sauer, Gustavo Matamoros, Henry Wolfe and Phil Carluzzo.


  • Sappho and Jerry, Parts 1-3 (1977-78) - Directed by Bruce Posner
  • Ch’an (1983) - Directed by Francis Lee with music by Christopher Atwood
  • Seasons... (2002) - Directed by Phil Solomon & Stan Brakhage
  • A 28-page booklet - Featuring an essay and extensive notes on every restoration by curator, filmmaker and film historian Bruce Posner
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Format: Blu-ray / DVD
Director: Various
Year: 1920-1970
Language: English
Length: 418 mins.
UPC: 6-17311-67949-0
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