Re: experimental cinema

John Holland (
Tue, 29 Jan 2002 15:01:07 -0800 (PST)

There is a "series" of videos put out by Video Yesteryear which includes a
variety of early avant-garde classics (Chien anadalou, Entr'acte, Man Ray
stuff, etc), but I have never seen them in a box, and the random assignment of
volume numbers suggests that many have either gone out of print or never made
it. Facets lists them in its Visual Arts catalog. The more recent filmmakers
(relatively speaking) like Deren and Anger seem to be available only as
individual videos devoted to their own films (also in Facets catalog).

Mike Boedicker wrote:

> Does anyone know of a good basic set of experimental/avant garde cinema on
> VHS or DVD? Something including representative works by the major figures
> (Brakhage, Anger, Deren, etc), perhaps in a boxed set, for a public library
> which has nothing on the subject? Or is this an area where a basic
> collection must be assembled piecemeal?
> Thanks,
> Mike
> Mike Boedicker
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