New Directions in Story-Telling
Early directors D.W. Griffith and Lois
Weber develop the radical language of cinema narrative through audience-friendly
melodramas made for nickelodeon theaters. Experimental fantasies are depicted
in such independent productions as Moonland (c. 1926), Lullaby
(1929), and The Bridge (1929-30). Depression era films by socially-conscious
filmmakers reshape drama as demonstrated in Josef Berne's brooding Black
Dawn (1933) and Strand and Hurwitz's biting Native Land (1937-41):
each pictures a raw reality. Parody and satire find their mark in Theodore
Huff's Little Geezer (1932) and Barlow, Hay and Le Roy's Even
as You and I (1937). David Bradley's Sredni Vashtar by Saki
(1940-43) boasts an inadvertent post-modern attitude.
The House with Closed Shutters (1910)—D.W.
Griffith & G.W. "Billy" Bitzer
Suspense (1913)—Lois Weber & Philips Smalley
Moonland (c. 1926)—Neil McQuire & William A. O’Connor
Lullaby (1929)—Boris Deutsch
The Bridge (1929-30)—Charles Vidor
Little Geezer (1932)—Theodore Huff
Black Dawn (1933)—Josef Berne & Seymour Stern
Native Land (1937-41)—Frontier Films: Leo Hurwitz & Paul
Black Legion (1936-7)—Nykino: Ralph Steiner & Willard
Even As You and I (1937)—Roger Barlow, Harry Hay & Le
Object Lesson (1941)—Christoher Young
"Sredni Vashtar" by Saki (1940-43)—David
Running time: 155 minutes
Contents: 12 Films
Sound & Silent
Available as part of 7-disc box set
"The creative explosion that took place
at the margins of Hollywood."
–Le Monde, Paris
UNSEEN CINEMA: INVERTED NARRATIVES is one of a seven-DVD series exploring
American avant-garde cinema from 1894-1941. Presented by Anthology Film
Archives in association with the British Film Institute, Cineric, Film
Preservation Associates, Deutsches Filmmuseum, George Eastman House, The
Library of Congress and The Museum of Modern Art.
"Just one of the amazing things this series of early American avant-garde
films drives home is just how far into the belly of the Hollywood beast
the experimental filmmakers progressed."
–The Guardian, London
"Like the cinematic attic of a madcap, film-savvy aunt, Unseen
Cinema is stuffed with treasures and oddities just waiting to be discovered."
–Museums New York
Films preserved by
Anthology Film Archives
British Film Institute
Creative Film Society
Film Preservation Associates
George Eastman House
UCLA Film and Televsion Archive
Cameron Mac Pherson
R. Bruce Elder
Curated by Bruce Posner
Produced for DVD by David Shepard
Released by Image Entertainment
Sponsored by Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Deutsches Filmmuseum,
Frankfurt am Main.
Made possible in part by Cineric, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, and Film
Preservation Associates, Inc.
Special Contents of this Edition © 2005
by Anthology Film Archives