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Window Water Baby Moving

Stan Brakhage

Window Water Baby Moving
1962|USA|12 min|Col|Live Action

- Struggling from the bubble.

Life, by yourself

	The entrance to life,
		To a lively meadow.
	The essence in life,
		To each his own quarter.
	The mind of life,
		To live one's hobby.
	The energy from life, 	to crave for loving.


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There Lived Kozyavin
(Zhil-byl Kozyavin)

Andrey Khrzhanovskiy

There Lived Kozyavin
1966|Soviet Union|9 min|Col|Animation

- Man with a dream job.

Social Satire/Absurdism
Happiness, by Aleksandr Medvedkin

A man was in charge of promotion,
	And so he promoted a man,
		To be in charge of promotion.
			He promoted another,
				To promote the man
					He recently promoted,
					     To be in charge of
So where is he now,
The man who was in charge of promotion,
	Is now in charge of commotion.


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Dave Fleischer

1933|USA|7 min|BW|Animation

- BB on the roll!

Surreal Musical/Comedy
Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory, by Mel Stuart

A girl arrives in town,
 Just before the break of dawn.
  She wears a tiny black gown,
   Sifts through a shop and sits down.
    Where have all the people gone?
     There isn't much to look on.
      But before she starts to frown,
       A little man comes from a level down.
        "Oh! My princess!" He orders his clown,
         For a dedicated bring-on,
          ...But the princess, has left and gone.


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The Mascot

Wladyslaw Starewicz

1934|France|26 min|BW|Anim/Live Action

- Masters of another world.

Toy Story, by John Lasseter

Tell it to the master,
	We are out of bones,
		From the sentient clones.
It is time to kick the roster,
	For the lones,
		To the zone.
The day is good,
	For another crimson winter.


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Dog's Dialogue
(Colloque de chiens)

Raoul Ruiz

Dog's Dialogue
1977|France|22 min|Col|Live Action

- Lick and possess.

, by

You mother asked me to bring a man,
	I have thought of a decent plan.
		Set up a bone,
			By your door alone.
		Lie on the bone,
			As if it were your own.
	But don't tell her the plan,
		I have something else to pan.
			It isn't until then,
				That the fish is in the can.
	And I could too, be the man.


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(La Faim)

Peter Foldes

1973|Canada|11 min|Col|Animation

- Hunger pangs.

Greed, by Erich von Stroheim

It's five in the afternoon,
	No soup is too soon.
		But you see a fly in the soup,
			Enjoying it more than you could scoop.
Now that you have grabbed your spoon,
	Nothing could stop you soon.
		Make a circle and a loop,
			Hope it doesn't taste like poop.
But man,
It's five in the afternoon,
	It takes a troop to recoup.


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The Idea

Berthold Bartosch

1932|France|30 min|BW|Animation

- Basic Instinct.

Avant-garde/Political Eroticism
A Clockwork Orange, by Stanley Kubrick

	You wake up with a hard-on,
	Wondering what the girl has,
	Lying next to you.
	You have lunch with some add-ons,
	Wondering what the girl has,
	Sitting next to you.
	You sit there with some come-on,
	Wondering what the girl has,
	Wondering without you...


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The End

Christopher Maclaine

The End
1953|USA|35 min|BW|Live Action

- Long night, before the day breaks.

Beat/Dystopian Noir
The War Game, by Peter Watkins

No women, no kids, no screaming.
No men, no kids, no shouting.
No tables, no kids, no eating.
No parks, no kids, no playing.
No roads, no kids, no walking.
No trees, no kids, no climbing.
No books, no kids, no reading.
No pants, no kids, no joking.
No shoes, no kids, no running.
No guns, no kids, no firing.
No place, no kids, no breathing.


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The Play House

Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

The Play House
1921|USA|22 min|BW|Live Action

- When Harry meets Harry.

Being John Malkovich, by Spike Jonze

A boy meets a girl.
...and he meets another girl.
...and he meets yet another girl.
...and he continues to meet other girls.
...and he becomes good at meeting girls.

A girl meets a boy.
...and she meets another boy who looks like this boy.
...and she meets yet another who looks like this boy.
...and she continues to think of this boy.
...and she becomes good at fleeting boys.


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Thru the Mirror

David Hand

Thru the Mirror
1936|USA|9 min|Col|Animation

- Larger than life...

Fantasy/Surreal Adventure
Pom Poko, by Isao Takahata

	Mice! Mice! Mice!
What do I do with them?
They are huge!
Oh...My Gosh! They are humongous.
Look at those ears!
Why do I always have to deal with those things?
Mice ----!

	Calm down, kitty.
	It's just a big lunch.