Anemic Cinema (film #23 on UBUWeb. Also, film #3 on the Light Rhythms disc of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avante-Garde Film 1894-1941 DVD Boxed Set). [Category: Outtakes & Obscurities]

This film, made by Marcel Duchamp, alternates rotating spirals a la Hypnovision-type movie gimmicks with sentences written in white plastic letters on a black circle, which also rotates. As you might suspect, this is fairly mesmerizing, though I wish I could understand French so I could read the sentences. Many of the spirals are quite beautiful, or maybe I just got hypnotized by them. At any rate, I liked this a lot.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.

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American Square Dancing

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