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The Resource The devil's plaything : American surrealism, Anthology Film Archives in association with British Film Institute, Cineric, Inc., Deutsches Filmmuseum, Film Preservation Associates, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art present ; curator, Bruce Posner ; DVD producer, David Shepard

The devil's plaything : American surrealism, Anthology Film Archives in association with British Film Institute, Cineric, Inc., Deutsches Filmmuseum, Film Preservation Associates, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art present ; curator, Bruce Posner ; DVD producer, David Shepard

Label
The devil's plaything : American surrealism
Title
The devil's plaything
Title remainder
American surrealism
Statement of responsibility
Anthology Film Archives in association with British Film Institute, Cineric, Inc., Deutsches Filmmuseum, Film Preservation Associates, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art present ; curator, Bruce Posner ; DVD producer, David Shepard
Title variation
American surrealism
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Edwin S. Porter and other early filmmakers used bizarre sets, fantastic costumes, and magic lantern tricks to illuminate their fantasy films. American parody supplied Douglas Fairbanks with enough unusual material to produce the truly surreal When the clouds roll by (1919). The expressionistic Cabinet of Dr. Calagari (1919) influenced American sensibilities throughout the 1920s as seen in Beggar on horseback (1925), The life and death of 9413-a Hollywood extra (1927) and The telltale heart (1928). The emphasis shifted when amateurs J.S. Watson, Jr., Joseph Cornell, and Orson Welles crafted a unique variety of American surrealism on film unfettered by European concerns." -- Container
Member of
Cataloging source
IaU
Characteristic
videorecording
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1953-
  • 1872-1944
  • 1889-1949
  • 1884-1942
  • 1894-1982
  • 1900-1979
  • 1896-1957
  • 1915-1985
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Posner, Bruce Charles
  • Shepard, David
  • Porter, Edwin S
  • Bitzer, G. W.
  • Fleming, Victor
  • Cruze, James
  • Webber, Melville
  • Watson, James S.
  • Florey, Robert
  • Vorkapich, Slavko
  • Menzies, William Cameron
  • Klein, Charles
  • Watson, Alec
  • Vance, William
  • Welles, Orson
  • Cornell, Joseph
  • Jordan, Lawrence
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Vitagraph Company of America
  • American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
  • Paramount Pictures Corporation (1914-1927)
  • Anthology Film Archives
  • British Film Institute
  • Cineric (Firm)
  • Film Preservation Associates
  • Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main
  • George Eastman House
  • Library of Congress
  • Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Runtime
161
Series statement
Unseen cinema: Early American avant-garde film 1894-1941
Series volume
2
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Experimental films
  • Motion pictures
  • Short films
  • Silent films
Technique
live action
Label
The devil's plaything : American surrealism, Anthology Film Archives in association with British Film Institute, Cineric, Inc., Deutsches Filmmuseum, Film Preservation Associates, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art present ; curator, Bruce Posner ; DVD producer, David Shepard
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • DVD-ROM accessible features (Filmmaker biographies and photo gallery ; Acknowledgements ; Sponsors ; Film note authors ; Credits ; Musicians) -- Essay "Where the Buffalo Roamed...Relative Histories of an Early American Avant-Garde Film" by film historian Bruce Posner, in booklet accompanying Disc 1
  • Image Entertainment: ID0592DSDVD (set)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1908 (6 min.)
  • Impossible convicts
  • G.W. "Billy" Bitzer for American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.,
  • 1905 (3 min.)
  • When the clouds roll by (food-induced nightmare)
  • Victor Fleming, featuring Douglas Fairbanks,
  • 1919 (8 min. excerpt)
  • Beggar on horseback (dream fantasy wedding)
  • James Cruze for Paramount Pictures, featuring Edward Everett Horton
  • 1925 (7 min. excerpt) -- The
  • Jack and the beanstalk
  • fall of the House of Usher
  • Melville Webber, J.S. Watson Jr.,
  • 1926-28 (13 min.)
  • Life and death of 9413 a Hollywood extra
  • Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich,
  • 1927 (13 min.) -- The
  • love of zero
  • Robert Florey, William Cameron Menzies,
  • 1928 (15 min.) --
  • Edwin S. Porter for Edison Manufacturing Co.,
  • 1902 (9 min.)
  • Dream of a rarebit fiend
  • Edwin S. Porter for Edison Manufacturing Co.,
  • 1906 (10 min.) -- The
  • thieving hand
  • Vitagraph Company of America,
  • William Vance, Orson Welles,
  • 1934 (8 min.) -- The enigmatic cinema of Joseph Cornell:
  • Unreal news reels
  • Kodak Cinegraph,
  • c. 1926-28 (6 min. excerpt) -- The
  • children's jury
  • attributed to Joseph Cornell,
  • 1938 (9 min.)
  • Thimble theater
  • Joseph Cornell, Lawrence Jordan,
  • The
  • c. 1930s-1970 (6 min.)
  • Carousel-animal opera
  • Joseph Cornell, Lawrence Jordan,
  • c.1930s-1970 (6 min.)
  • Jack's dream
  • Joseph Cornell, Lawrence Jordan,
  • c. 1930-1970 (4 min.)
  • telltale heart
  • Charles Klein,
  • 1928 (24 min.)
  • Tomato is another day
  • J.S. Watson Jr., Alec Watson,
  • 1930/1933 (7 min.) -- The
  • hearts of age
Control code
148115801
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (161 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
014381059229 (set)
Other physical details
silent, sound, black and white and color tints
Publisher number
ID0592DSDVD
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD format
Video recording format
DVD
Label
The devil's plaything : American surrealism, Anthology Film Archives in association with British Film Institute, Cineric, Inc., Deutsches Filmmuseum, Film Preservation Associates, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art present ; curator, Bruce Posner ; DVD producer, David Shepard
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • DVD-ROM accessible features (Filmmaker biographies and photo gallery ; Acknowledgements ; Sponsors ; Film note authors ; Credits ; Musicians) -- Essay "Where the Buffalo Roamed...Relative Histories of an Early American Avant-Garde Film" by film historian Bruce Posner, in booklet accompanying Disc 1
  • Image Entertainment: ID0592DSDVD (set)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1908 (6 min.)
  • Impossible convicts
  • G.W. "Billy" Bitzer for American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.,
  • 1905 (3 min.)
  • When the clouds roll by (food-induced nightmare)
  • Victor Fleming, featuring Douglas Fairbanks,
  • 1919 (8 min. excerpt)
  • Beggar on horseback (dream fantasy wedding)
  • James Cruze for Paramount Pictures, featuring Edward Everett Horton
  • 1925 (7 min. excerpt) -- The
  • Jack and the beanstalk
  • fall of the House of Usher
  • Melville Webber, J.S. Watson Jr.,
  • 1926-28 (13 min.)
  • Life and death of 9413 a Hollywood extra
  • Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich,
  • 1927 (13 min.) -- The
  • love of zero
  • Robert Florey, William Cameron Menzies,
  • 1928 (15 min.) --
  • Edwin S. Porter for Edison Manufacturing Co.,
  • 1902 (9 min.)
  • Dream of a rarebit fiend
  • Edwin S. Porter for Edison Manufacturing Co.,
  • 1906 (10 min.) -- The
  • thieving hand
  • Vitagraph Company of America,
  • William Vance, Orson Welles,
  • 1934 (8 min.) -- The enigmatic cinema of Joseph Cornell:
  • Unreal news reels
  • Kodak Cinegraph,
  • c. 1926-28 (6 min. excerpt) -- The
  • children's jury
  • attributed to Joseph Cornell,
  • 1938 (9 min.)
  • Thimble theater
  • Joseph Cornell, Lawrence Jordan,
  • The
  • c. 1930s-1970 (6 min.)
  • Carousel-animal opera
  • Joseph Cornell, Lawrence Jordan,
  • c.1930s-1970 (6 min.)
  • Jack's dream
  • Joseph Cornell, Lawrence Jordan,
  • c. 1930-1970 (4 min.)
  • telltale heart
  • Charles Klein,
  • 1928 (24 min.)
  • Tomato is another day
  • J.S. Watson Jr., Alec Watson,
  • 1930/1933 (7 min.) -- The
  • hearts of age
Control code
148115801
Dimensions
4 3/4 in
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (161 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
014381059229 (set)
Other physical details
silent, sound, black and white and color tints
Publisher number
ID0592DSDVD
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System details
DVD format
Video recording format
DVD

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