Short films (2/2015)

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1. Pas de deux (1968)

G | 13 min | Animation, Short, Musical

Two ballet dancers perform a dance enhanced with surreal multi and after-image effect visuals.

Director: Norman McLaren | Stars: Margaret Mercier, Vincent Warren

Votes: 1,344

2. Le tempestaire (1947)

22 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

In a village in Brittany, a young maid and an old woman are spinning while the wind blows threateningly outdoors. In spite of the bad omen, the young maid's boyfriend decides to sail away. ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein

Votes: 526

3. Berlin Horse (1970)

7 min | Short

manipulations of stock footage featuring a horse.

Director: Malcolm le Grice

Votes: 132

4. Makimono (1974)

38 min | Short

An experimental short film that depicts habitable and uninhabited locations in a dizzying fashion.

Director: Werner Nekes

Votes: 32

5. Four Motion Studies (1974)

13 min | Short, Music

Charlemagne Palestine, holding a cheap black-and-white video camera, rides four of the rides at Coney Island, including the world-famous Cyclone roller coaster and, with his voice, keens ... See full summary »

Director: Charlemagne Palestine | Star: Charlemagne Palestine

Votes: 7

6. L'invitation au voyage (1927)

36 min | Short, Drama

Tired of being ignored by her husband, a young woman heads off to a nautical-themed nightclub, frequented by rowdy sailors. Her attentions is caught by a handsome naval officer.

Director: Germaine Dulac | Stars: Raymond Dubreuil, Emma Gynt, Robert Mirfeuil, Paul Lorbert

Votes: 239

8. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 10,056

9. Ming Green (1966)

7 min | Short

An experimental short from Gregory J. Markopoulos which acquires it's title from the color of the walls of the apartment where it is filmed.

Director: Gregory J. Markopoulos

Votes: 122

10. Impatience (1928)

36 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Add a Plot

Director: Charles Dekeukeleire | Star: Yvonne Selma

Votes: 69

11. A Portrait of Ga (1952)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A short film from Margaret Tait capturing the daily life of her mother, Ga.

Director: Margaret Tait

Votes: 386

12. Passage à l'acte (1993)

12 min | Short, Comedy

An avant-garde sonic and visual reediting of a short clip from the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Director: Martin Arnold | Stars: Phillip Alford, Mary Badham, Gregory Peck

Votes: 299

13. Adebar (1957)

2 min | Short

An early experimental short film produced by Peter Kubelka.

Director: Peter Kubelka

Votes: 610

14. Bent Time (1983)

22 min | Short

One-point perspective visual path across the US beginning inside a linear accelerator or atom-smashing device and traveling to such high-energy locations as the home of an ancient sun ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Hammer

Votes: 16

15. Stadt in Flammen (1984)

5 min | Short

In "Stadt in Flammen" the scenes melt due to overheating, producing an infernal image impression of disappearance. The images no longer show a figuratively represented scene, but rather its dissolution as a temporal process.

Director: Schmelzdahin

Votes: 115

16. Serene Velocity (1970)

23 min | Short

An experimental short film which shows a time-lapse in the basement hallway of a Binghamton University building.

Director: Ernie Gehr

Votes: 358

17. Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)

11 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect.

Director: Yuri Norstein | Stars: Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Mariya Vinogradova, Aleksey Batalov

Votes: 6,028

18. Wavelength (1967)

45 min | Drama

One of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, Wavelength is a structural film of a 45-minute long zoom in on a window over a period of a week.

Director: Michael Snow | Stars: Hollis Frampton, Lyne Grossman, Naoto Nakazawa, Roswell Rudd

Votes: 2,202

19. Pièce touchée (1989)

16 min | Short

Arnold's original material is a piece of found-footage from the 50s. 18 seconds long and very typical for the period. A quiet take: a living room, a woman in an arm-chair. Her husband opens... See full summary »

Director: Martin Arnold

Votes: 230

20. My Name Is Oona (1969)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short

Captures in haunting, intensely lyrical images fragments of the coming to consciousness of a child girl. A series of extremely brief flashes of her moving through night-lit space or woods ... See full summary »

Director: Gunvor Nelson | Star: Oona Nelson

Votes: 181

21. Chanson d'Armor (1934)

42 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Ballad-type drama-documentary spoken in the Breton language and set in a Breton fishing community, telling of the impossible love between a fisherman and the lady of the manor.

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Yvon Le Mar'hadour, Francis Gourvil, François Viguier, Georges Prieur

Votes: 104

22. Vertical Features Remake (1978)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy

Tongue-in-cheek, early Greenaway short reflects the incredibly meticulous encyclopedic nature of his early films. An attempt is made to "reconstruct" a proposed, but never made, film ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Greenaway | Star: Colin Cantlie

Votes: 534

23. The Three-Sided Mirror (1927)

45 min | Drama, Romance

Psychological narrative avantgarde film about a wealthy young businessman who consecutively falls in love with a classy English woman (Pearl), a Russian sculptress (Athalia), and a naive ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Jeanne Helbling, Suzy Pierson, Olga Day, Raymond Guérin-Catelain

Votes: 710

24. Side/Walk/Shuttle (1992)

41 min | Short

An experimental short in which San Francisco is viewed from an elevator moving up and down 24 floors.

Director: Ernie Gehr

Votes: 137

25. Rose Hobart (1936)

Unrated | 19 min | Short

Footage selected from 'East of Borneo' and other films is arranged and edited so as to highlight actress Rose Hobart.

Director: Joseph Cornell | Stars: Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart, Noble Johnson, Georges Renavent

Votes: 819

26. The Pearl (1929)

33 min | Short, Fantasy

A young man buys a pearl for his fiancée. He walks out of the jewelry store that opens onto...a forest. He counts the pearls and realizes one is missing so he gets back to the store. On ... See full summary »

Director: Henri d' Ursel | Stars: Georges Hugnet, Kissa Kouprine, Renee Savoye, Mary Stutz

Votes: 179

27. Blazes (1961)

3 min | Animation, Short

Rob Breer blazing the trail.

Director: Robert Breer

Votes: 256

28. The Dante Quartet (1987)

6 min | Short

Dante's Divine Comedy depicted as thousands of abstract paintings by Stan Brakhage himself.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 945

29. Begone Dull Care (1949)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Music

Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren

Votes: 1,380

30. Castro Street (1966)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short

Inspired by a lesson from Erik Satie; a film in the form of a street - Castro Street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California ... switch engines on one side and refinery... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Baillie

Votes: 461

31. By Night with Torch and Spear (1942)

8 min | Short

Montage of archive footage from industrial, nature and ethnographic documentaries -- a steelworks, caterpillars, Native American dances, camel trains -- made strange by juxtaposition and upside-down, backwards and negative printing.

Director: Joseph Cornell

Votes: 283

32. Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass (1971)

26 min | Short

A man and woman in conversation, arguing till roistering and we see gestures and words that are repeated with rough technique.

Director: Hollis Frampton | Stars: Frank Albetta, Barbara DiBenedetto

Votes: 230

33. Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice (1972)

31 min | Short

This Experiment is a Scenario who Have 4 Act titled (1-4) Tableau. Poetic Justice is story about lovers who holding camera, Third Tableau is have Middle Shot and other Tableau is on various camera shot.

Director: Hollis Frampton

Votes: 242

35. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov

Votes: 15,540

36. Corridor (1970)

23 min | Short

An unknown observer is seen traveling through a bleak corridor. At the end of the corridor they see a naked woman, whom the observer is unable to reach as his or her trip seems to become increasingly twisted and looped.

Director: Standish Lawder

Votes: 119

37. Themes and Variations (1928)

10 min | Short

An avant-garde dance short, integrating slow motion, and cutting between the movements of a ballerina, close-ups of machinery and images of nature.

Director: Germaine Dulac

Votes: 56

38. Horizontal Boundaries (1997)

23 min | Short

An examination of certain aspects of the geography of California as the ground for cinematic disruption and restatement.

Director: Pat O'Neill

Votes: 44

39. Images d'Ostende (1929)

15 min | Documentary, Short

Belgian director Henri Storck presents a tribute to one of the most well-known spots in Belgium: the Ostende beach. Filming from everyone and everything, gathering a small collection of ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Storck

Votes: 83

40. Boston Fire (1979)

8 min | Documentary, Short

Roiling clouds of smoke consume the screen, the billowing white changing to heavy black. A single stream of water struggles to battle smoking ruins. The small lone engine's crew sits ... See full summary »

Director: Peter B. Hutton

Votes: 70

41. Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971)

36 min | Short

Frampton burning slowly his an nostalgia black and white photograph who his taken on a hot plate.

Director: Hollis Frampton | Star: Michael Snow

Votes: 565

42. A Divided World (1948)

8 min | Documentary, Short

A ten-minute study of wild animal life in a Swedish forest; stoat, fox, hare, and owl, who stalk and savage one another, are photographed with extraordinary vividness and intimacy. It is ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Sucksdorff

Votes: 48

43. Puce Moment (1949)

6 min | Short

A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses, all 1920s style flapper gowns, holding them one at a time, shaking ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger | Star: Yvonne Marquis

Votes: 1,472

44. We (1969)

27 min | Documentary, Short

Monumental picture exploring the identity and fate of the Armenian nation.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 350

45. Lovesong (2001)

11 min | Short

An experimental short film of flashing images made by Stan Brakhage.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 470