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An Andalusian Dog
(Un chien Andalou)

Luis Buñuel

Un chien Andalou
1929|France|16 min|BW|Live Action

- Literally eye-opening experience!

L'age d'or, by Luis Buñuel

A knife, swipes the beginning of life, 
	A hand, grabs an invisible band,
		Towards the where?
				The uncommon kind,
					Is in your mind.
				The painter of mankind,
			You think you are,
		Does not believe in time.
	And it is blind,
Even when the sun shines.


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Tale of Tales
(Skazka skazok)

Yuri Norstein

Tale of Tales
1979|Soviet Union|29 min|Col|Animation

- The constraint of time is the abundance of self-discovery.

Film Poetry/History
The Mirror, by Andrei Tarkovsky

From every detail to every minutia,
Joy and pain fill up the missing piece.

Immersing into the prolonged amnesia,
Zoning out with our inner peace.

One asked,
         "What is memory?"
It is a purple reverie,
                     a pleasant trickery,
                   and                 a path to self-discovery.


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Meshes of the Afternoon

Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Meshes of the Afternoon
1943|USA|14 min|BW|Live Action

- A game with Death.

The Tenant, by Roman Polanski

Afternoon, away.
In the afternoon, get away.
Sit in the afternoon, try to get away.
Situation in the afternoon,
    terrifying to get away.
Control the situation in the afternoon,
    terrifyingly easy to get away.
Unable to control the situation in the afternoon,
    it is terrifying to get away easily.
What makes it unable to control the situation in the afternoon?
    Isn't it terrifying that no one gets to die easily anyway?


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The Pier
(La jetée)

Chris Marker

La Jetee
1962|France|28 min|BW|Live Action

- Next Year in Marienbad.

Neo-noir/Essay Film
Twelve Monkeys, by Terry Gilliam

In the afternoon I walked through the fog,
	It is silent,
	Except the sound of clogs.
		I looked past the fog,
			and saw a man hiking with a dog.
I quickly walked by the logs,
	tracing the man with the dog.
		But there was nothing,
			Not even a hog.
The wind of forest, makes man slog,
	What am I to do...wait for the dog, or wait in the fog?


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Dimensions of Dialogue
(Moznosti dialogu)

Jan Svankmajer

Moznosti Dialogu
1982|Czechoslovakia|12 min|Col|Animation

- Power of words.

Social Satire/Comic Surrealism
Themroc, by Claude Faraldo

Last night I walked into a cube,
	as a result of an over-due.
		I tried to talk without the guilt,
		but ended up toning the mute.
		There are six views in the cube,
		left me impossible to choose,
		for only two are facing each other,
		allowing for nothing new.
	I stepped back to look for some cues,
	preparing to combat any ridicule,
but the cube, with its six sides, have my foot sealed.


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A Song of Love
(Un chant d'amour)

Jean Genet

Un chant d'amour
1950|France|26 min|BW|Live Action

- Explosive cage, no exit.

Poison, by Todd Haynes

			Rooms Filled.
			Bodies Entrenched.
			Minds Occupied.
			Hitting the wall.
			No Light.
			But Fumes.


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Zbigniew Rybczynski

1981|Poland|8 min|Col|Anim/Live Action

- Aren't we all connected?

The Orchestra, by Zbigniew Rybczynski

Dancing through the rhythm.
		Life, it begins with art.
			Love, it begins with life.
		Death, it ends with art.
			Solitude, it ends with death.
	To keep it going -
Keep Dancing.


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Night on Bald Mountain
(Une nuit sur le mont chauve)

Alexander Alexeieff, Claire Parker

Une nuit sur le mont chauve
1933|France|8 min|BW|Animation

- Pinscreen masterpiece!

Fantasia, by Various at Disney

The after-party is on sale by an old man,
	No living bodies allowed,
		As noted on the ticket.
		   But do bring a guest,
		     If they are still around after the party,
		      If they are willing to be gnarly,
		     If they are good at spooky.
		   Only one ticket per soul,
		Gold pass for the damned,
	Silver for the sinned,
Let the party roll, for the lived!


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The Old Mill

Walt Disney, Wilfred Jackson

The Old Mill
1937|USA|8 min|Col|Animation

- Tableaux of unexpectations.

Bambi, by Various at Disney

The storm is coming,
	from the east,
		those going home are scrambling.
	from the south,
		those waking up are jittering.
	from the west,
		those setting out are scuffling.
	from the north,
		those walking by are trembling.
But of those scrambling, jittering, scuffling and trembling,
    each is dancing, singing, and embracing the storm of life.


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The Seashell and the Clergyman
(La coquille et le clergyman)

Germaine Dulac

Seashell and the Clergyman
1928|France|28 min|BW|Live Action

- Key to no locks.

Blue Velvet, by David Lynch

A grin on the wall,
	Makes the door small,
	Through a bride,
		Who takes her pride,
			When he drives,
				With a pearl knife.
A grin like that small,
	Peeks through the wall,
		The bride is out for a ride,
			Far down the countryside,
Where he is not, ready to be lied.