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Nicole Brenez : Avant Garde

by Karthik
Nicole Brenez : Avant Garde by Karthik
Nicole Brenez in 2007 wrote a little booklet for Les Petits Cahiers. At the end is a chronological viewing list of what she considers to be significant avant garde works. Its heavily Francophone biased, but so much more international than most such lists. If you can’t find it on MUBI (listed below) I have tried to provide links for the video on the web Here is the list: L’Homme-Mouche, Georges Méliès, Fr, 1902, 3’ (The Human Fly) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT_P1xJp2kY)
 Série 1 (vols d’insectes), Lucien Bull, Fr, 1904, 4’ (Series 1: Flight of Insects) (Can find some of the ‘shadowgraphs’ by Googling)
 Les lunettes féeriques, Emile Cohl,… Read more

Nicole Brenez in 2007 wrote a little booklet for Les Petits Cahiers. At the end is a chronological viewing list of what she considers to be significant avant garde works. Its heavily Francophone biased, but so much more international than most such lists.

If you can’t find it on MUBI (listed below) I have tried to provide links for the video on the web

Here is the list:

L’Homme-Mouche, Georges Méliès, Fr, 1902, 3’ (The Human Fly) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT_P1xJp2kY)

Série 1 (vols d’insectes), Lucien Bull, Fr, 1904, 4’ (Series 1: Flight of Insects) (Can find some of the ‘shadowgraphs’ by Googling)

Les lunettes féeriques, Emile Cohl, Fr, 1909, 5’ (Enchanted spectacles) (Its on fandor)

Onénisme Horloger, Jean Durance, Fr, 1912, 5’ (Cant locate this at all)

Les tourbillons cellulaires, Henri Bernard et C. Dauzère, Fr, 1912, 9’ (Series of scientific chronophotographs of the growth of cells)

La Folie du docteur Tube, Abel Gance, Fr, 1915, 10’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpg3_08yi0k)

La P’tite Lili, Alberto Cavalcanti, Fr, 1927, 20’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3B-0oqroHs)


Sumidagawa, Zen Amaya, Jap, 1931, 20’ (River Sumida)

Les Berceaux, Jean Epstein, Fr, 1931, 5’ (The Cradles) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIDmD35Qw-8)

Le Film est déjà commencé?, Maurice Lemaître, Fr, 1951, 62’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e10eNq6ztI&list=UUeekAcp4ez2SrCgzwcy-t3g&index=2) (Not sure the entire film is here…the video is broken into several parts)

L’Anti-concept, Gil J. Wolman, Fr, 1952, 70’ (There’s a weird reenactment on youtube)

Gesichter im Schatten, Swiss, 1956, 6’ (Faces in Shadows) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Q2Ox929r0)

Weegee’s New York, Arthur Fellig (known as Weegee), USA, 1954, 20’


Prison, Robert Lapoujade, Fr, 1962, 13’
Pestilent City, Peter Emanuel Goldman, USA, 1965, 16’

Meet Marlon Brando, Albert and David Maysles, USA, 1966, 28’

Off the Pig – Black Panthers, Newsreel, USA, 1967, 15’ (http://www.viddler.com/v/976047b1)

Wie baue ich einen Molotow-Cocktail anonyme (Holger Meins), RFA, 1968, 3’

Apollon – una fabbrica occupata, Ugo Gregoretti, It, 1969, 76’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYRjCCsDe-0)

Comment pouvons-nous le supporter, Christian Boltanski, Fr, 1969, 0’30’’

Le Rouge, Gérard Fromanger, Fr, 1969, 3’ (filmmaker discusses it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFBi5EDrAWs)

Nouvelle société no 5, 6 et 7, Groupe Medvedkine de Besançon, Fr, 1969, 30’ (DVD available on amazon.fr and here: http://www.arkepix.com/kinok/DVD/MEDVEDKINE_Groupe/dvd_coffretMedvedkine.html)

Graphyty, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Fr, 1969, 20’


Sochaux 11 juin 68, Collectif de cinéastes et travailleurs de Sochaux, 1970, 19’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq2x81mCXkM)

No pincha, Tobias Engel, 1970, 79’ 

Genet parle d’Angela Davis, Carole Roussopoulos, Fr, 1970, 8’

Island Fuse, Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, Australia, 1971, 11’ 

Silver Surfer, Mike Dunford, GB, 1972, 15’
L’Autre Scène; Dominique Avron, Claudine Eizykman, Guy Fihman & Jean-François Lyotard, 1972, 6’

Mourir pour des images, René Vautier, Fr, 1973, 45’

Honky Tonk, Tav Falco, 1974, USA, 26’

Avec le sang des autres, Bruno Muel, Fr, 1974, 49’, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fANWq_CzWY)

Quand on aime la vie on va au cinéma, Groupe Cinéthique, Fr, 1975, 90’

Ali au pays des merveilles, Djouhra Abouda & Alain Bonnamy, Fr, 1975, 49’

Leave Me Alone, Gerhard Theuring, Germany, 1975, 120’

SCUM Manifesto, Carole Roussopoulos & Delphine Seyrig, Fr, 1976, 20’

Allée des signes, Gisèle & Luc Meichler, Fr, 1976, 21’ (Buy and see in thumnail at : http://lightcone.org/en/film-1012-allee-des-signes)
Salomé, Téo Hernandez, Fr, 1976, 65’

Guacamole, Chick Strand, USA, 1976, 10’

Roulement, rouerie, aubage, de Rose Lowder, Fr, 1978, 15’

Bon pied bon oeil et toute sa tête, Groupe Cinéthique, Fr, 1978, 80’

Soma, Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, Fr, 1978, 50’

Retour d’un repère, Rose Lowder, Fr, 1979, 19’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOx2Vd4AaS8)

3rd Degree, Paul Sharits, USA, 1982, 24’

Selva, Maria Klonaris, Fr, 1982, 75’

Les Tournesols, Rose Lowder, Fr, 1982, 6’

Nuestra Senora de Paris. Teo Hernandez, Fr, 1982, 6’

Beach, Umbrella Raphael Montanez Ortiz, USA, 1985, 8’

You Can Drive the Big Rigs, Leighton Pierce, USA, 1986, 15’ (http://vimeo.com/1646572)

The Inspector, Arthur Omar, Brazil, 1988, 12’

Le troisième oeil, André Almuro, Fr, 1988, 35’

Cruises, Cécile Fontaine, Fr, 1989, 10’

Test d’ouverture pyrotechnique sur conteneur (CP1) Optomat “R”, Alexis Martinet, Fr, 1989, 13’

See You Later/Au revoir, Michael Snow, Canada, 1990, 18’

VRFilm, Joost Rekveld, Netherlands, 1994, 2’

Meni, Karel Doing, Netherlands, 1994, 6’

Vertical Air, Robert Fenz, USA, 1996, 28’

Ile de Beauté, Ange Leccia & Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Fr, 1996, 70’

Tribologie, Yves Berthier & Jean-François Dalle, Fr, 1996, 11’

En une poignée de mains amies, Jean Rouch & Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1997, 35’

Envers, Patrice Kirchhofer, Fr, 1998-2000, 20’

Va te faire enculer, Yves-Marie Mahé, Fr, 1998, 10’ (Buy at http://www.cjcinema.org/pages/fiche.php?film=489)

Il n’y a rien de plus inutile qu’un organe, Augustin Gimel, Fr, 1999, 9’ (http://www.exquise.org/video.php?id=2112)


Cargo, Laura Waddington, Netherlands, 2001, 30’

Pulsar, Maria Klonaris, Fr, 2001, 15’

Exposed, Siegried A. Fruhauf, Austria, 2001, 9’

Les Soviets + l’électricité de Nicolas Rey, Fr, 2001, 175’


Escape, Alain Declerq, Fr, 2001, 11’30

Aldebaran, Hugo Verlinde, Fr, 2001, 9’

Marocaine à deux dimensions, Brahim Bachiri, Fr, 2002, 10’ (http://www.exquise.org/video.php?id=2457&l=uk)

Untitled part 3b: (as if) beauty never ends…, Jayce Salloum, Canada, 2002, 11’22 (http://www.heure-exquise.org/video.php?id=3798&l=uk)

Manifeste, Hélène Deschamps & Hugo Verlinde, Fr, 2002, 12’

Samouraï, Johanna Vaude, Fr, 2002, 12’

Nu lacté, Lionel Soukaz & Othello Vilgard, Fr, 2002, 5’

Nouba, Katia Kameli, Algeria, 2003, 5’ (http://vimeo.com/32223337)

Man. Road. River, Marcellvs L., Brazil, 2004, 10’

Night for Day, HC Gilje, Norway, 2004, 28’

Terrae, Othello Vilgard, Fr, 2004, 7’

Border, Laura Waddington, Bel., 2004, 30’ (http://www.laurawaddington.com/film.php?film=1)

Degradation #1, X-Ray: Shroud of Security, James Schneider, 2006, 4’ (info at http://jamesjune.info/xray/index.html)

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