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Our Trip to Africa
(Unsere Afrikareise)

Peter Kubelka

Unsere Afrikareise
1966|Austria|13 min|Col|Live Action

- Raw and naked.

Fata Morgana, by Werner Herzog

	And the man is setting in,
	And the run is coming in,
	And the beast is closing in,
	But the camera is holding on,
	And the camera is panning off,
	But the man is setting off,
	But the run is going off,
	And the beast is running off,
	And the man is laughing off,
	And the camera is jumping off,
	But the cameraman is pissing off.


Brief Encounters

A Dog's Life

Charles Chaplin

A Dog's Life
1918|USA|33 min|BW|Live Action

- Ah, Chaplin!

The Kid, by Charles Chaplin

A man was kicked out of his apartment,
	Then fired from his department.
		Now he needs to find a compartment,
			For his dog to end its torment.
But to his disappointment,
	There is no such arrangement,
		When the streets are in fragment,
			And people stuck in appointment.
Would anyone care for a placement,
	In their gentle basement?
		For the rest, he takes only remnant.


Cinecouch's Favorite

The Hole

John Hubley

The Hole
1962|USA|15 min|Color|Animation

- Art of difference.

Social Satire/Drama
Pulp Fiction, by Quentin Tarantino

So what do you think of it? To speak the unspeakable. It takes
quite a lot of courage regardless of what your intention is. So
why not go ahead and see what happens? You are going to figure
out nothing if you don't, and you are not going to figure out 
anything if you do. It is not a contradiction, this is just the
way things are, more often than not, the way we are before you
even realize it. This is a sentence that fills the empty space.
On the other hand, to speak the speakable is rather boring. Why
would you want to talk about things that everyone talks about?
For instance, talk about what the film is about after watching
a film. I would rather go around and find the ticket girl. (#) 


Cinecouch's Essential Films

La verifica incerta

Gianfranco Baruchello, Alberto Grifi

La verifica incerta
1965|Italy|35 min|Col|Live Action

- Left/Right.

Film Collage/Experimental
Histoire(s) du cinema, by Jean-Luc Godard

IMPACT                        |
                              | the brain is divided
AT LARGE                      |           but
        IS MORE OF            |
        MAN                   |        is it not
     MADE                     |       
                              |	   intuition x reason
    THAT?                     |                  to know
                              |                          is not
WHAT?                         |  ask.


Annecy 100
Cinecouch's Essential Films

Blinkity Blank

Norman McLaren

Blinkity Blank
1955|Canada|5 min|Col|Animation

- Hop! Hop! Hop!

Experimental/Visual Music
, by

Hop on a hoop,
	hit on a hoot,
		took on a toot,
			hid by the loot,
				ran to the root,
					back by the boot,
						sit on the soot.

Once more,
	shout the bird,
		Hop on a hoop.


TSPDT 1000
Jonathan Rosenbaum 1000
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Blood of the Beasts
(Le sang des bêtes)

Georges Franju

Le sang des betes
1949|France|20 min|BW|Live Action

- Brutal, astonishing, provocative, audacious.

Le cochon, by Jean Eustache

Scathing fecal meat,
	when properly fermented,
		is hard to beat.
	It takes more than a leg,
		to really break a leg,
			for better than to beg.
		Blood down the throat,
			when properly boiled,
				doesn't make you bloat.
			But is that all?
			You'd better have some back-up gall.


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Spiritual Constructions
(Seelische Konstruktionen)

Oskar Fischinger

Seelische Konstruktionen
1927|Germany|7 min|BW|Animation

- When it starts, it never stops.

Avant-garde/Visual Expressionism
Mind Game, by Masaaki Yuasa

	At a meeting,
		two men compete for the fastest way to sobriety.
One suggests,
		one should take small sips at intervals.
			The other shakes his head,
and suggests,
		one should guzzle through in the shortest time.
			One shakes his head,
and claims,
		that is how he gets to where he is now.
	The other shakes his head, and shakes his head...


TSPDT 1000
Jonathan Rosenbaum 1000
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Land Without Bread
(Las Hurdes)

Luis Buñuel

Las Hurdes
1933|Spain|30 min|BW|Live Action

- Life is irrational, so is cinema.

Faux Documentary/Social Commentary
Los Olvidados, by Luis Buñuel

Down the gutter,
	there is a dinner party,
	for which the guests have each other,
		as dinner.
Up the gutter,
	there is an after-dinner party,
	for which the guests have each other,
		as sinner.
To have and have not,
	is it a question for the dinner,
	or the answer to the sinner?


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Steamboat Willie

Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney

Steamboat Willie
1928|USA|8 min|BW|Animation

- Birth of a giant mouse.

Family Comedy/Surrealism
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, by Various

Once upon a wicked time,
	There was a ticket line.
You'd have to break a dime,
	To see a mouse sing and whine.

It is such a crime,
	To not have your back recline,
		At the same time,
			Every other is drinking wine.
And it is called 'Good Ol' Times.'


TSPDT 1000

The Storm-Tamer
(Le tempestaire)

Jean Epstein

Le tempestaire
1947|France|22 min|BW|Live Action

- In between love and fate.

Remorques, by Jean Grémillon

My head spins like a thunder,
	But there is no rain.
My hand shakes like a stumper,
	But there is no pain.
		What is there to do?
			You know it's coming!
				It is futile to fight,
				The battle of fright.
			Be prepared by yourself!
		Storm the Storm!
	Capture the Calm!