P. Adams Sitney - Visionary Film: The American Avant Garde, 1974-2000

“The great unacknowledged aspiration of the American avant-garde cinema has been the mimesis of the human mind in a cinematic structure. Beginning with the attempt to translate dreams and other revelations of the personal unconscious in trance films, through the imitation of the act of seeing in the lyric film and the collective unconscious in the mythopoetic film, this cinema has attempted to define Consciousness and the Imagination. Its latest attempts have approached the form of meditation (structural film) in order to more directly evoke states of consciousness and reflexes of imagination in the viewer.”

  • The Madness of Dr. Tube
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Rhythm 21
  • Entr'acte
  • Diagonal Symphony
  • Ballet Mécanique
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Anemic Cinema
  • The Starfish
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Tusalava
  • Pandora's Box
  • City Lights
  • The Blood of a Poet
  • Lot in Sodom
  • Dante's Inferno
  • A Colour Box
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Rose Hobart
  • Rainbow Dance
  • Trade Tattoo
  • The Midnight Party
  • Cotillion
  • No. 1: A Strange Dream
  • No. 2: Message From the Sun
  • Citizen Kane
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • The Geography of the Body
  • Five Film Exercises: Film 1
  • At Land
  • Five Film Exercises: Film 2-3
  • Five Film Exercises: Film 4
  • A Study in Choreography for Camera
  • Visual Variations on Noguchi
  • Ritual in Transfigured Time
  • Fragment of Seeking
  • The Potted Psalm
  • No. 3: Interwoven
  • Fireworks
  • Psyche
  • The Cage
  • No. 4: Fast Track
  • Mother's Day
  • Picnic
  • Charmides
  • Lysis
  • The Petrified Dog
  • Puce Moment
  • Meditation on Violence
  • The Lead Shoes
  • Mr. Frenhofer and the Minotaur
  • No. 5: Circular Tensions (Homage to Oskar Fischinger)
  • Swain
  • No. 6
  • No. 7: Color Study
  • Four in the Afternoon
  • Loony Tom
  • Flowers of Asphalt
  • Bop Scotch
  • Interim
  • Form Phases I
  • Image in the Snow
  • Eaux d'artifice
  • Mandala
  • Form Phases II
  • The Pleasure Garden
  • Le jeune homme et la mort
  • The End
  • Eldora
  • The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
  • Desistfilm
  • The Way to Shadow Garden
  • Man Is in Pain
  • No. 8
  • No. 9
  • In Between
  • Reflections on Black
  • The Wonder Ring
  • Mosaic in Trust
  • Flesh of Morning
  • Nightcats
  • Motion Pictures
  • Recreation
  • Centuries of June
  • Gnir Rednow
  • The One Romantic Venture of Edward
  • Trumpit
  • Narcissus
  • No. 11: Mirror Animations
  • No. 10
  • Daybreak and Whiteye
  • Loving
  • Jamestown Baloos
  • A Man and His Dog Out for Air
  • Fable for Fountains
  • Adebar
  • Rhythm
  • Yantra
  • Anticipation of the Night