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Silent Avant-Garde

Directed by Paul Strand, Warren A. Newcombe, Gaston Velle, Charles Bryant, Bruce Posner, George Melford, Joseph Cornell, Francis Thompson, Theodore Nemeth, Mary Ellen Bute, Orson Welles, William Vance, Dudley Murphy, Fernand Leger, Robert J. Flaherty, Charles Sheeler, Man Ray, Stella Simon, Miklós Bándy, Robert Florey, Ralph Steiner, Jay Leyda, Slavko Vorkapich, Al Brick, Rrose Sélavy (pseudonym for Marcel Duchamp), Eduard Tisse, Grigori Alexandrov, Sergei Eisenstein

Release: 1920
Runtime: 188
Language: Engish Intertitles

SILENT AVANT-GARDE offers an essential collection of 21 short art film experiments in HD to 5K scans made from 35mm and 16mm picture elements. Highlights include brand new digital restorations of classic experimental films, The Enchanted City (1922), Return to Reason (1923), Ballet Mechanique (1924, 1931), The Twenty-Four Dollar Island (1925), Eisenstein Mexican Footage (1930), Escape, Synchromy No. 4 (1938), The Eclipse (1936-1949), Look Park (1973), and Tenga fe (2022). Each film features a brilliant accompaniment of original silent film music specially prepared, composed, improvised and/ or performed by a master of experimental new music. SILENT AVANT-GARDE desires to focus on the creative possibilities of image, sound, and silence used in American-made experimental films of the 20th century.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Color: B&W/Color


Venue City Date
George Eastman Museum Rochester 1682395200April 25, 2023
Harris Theater Pittsburgh 1682740800April 29, 2023
TIFF Lightbox Toronto 1683691200May 10, 2023