Category Archives: Video

Speak of the Devil

The 1995 documentary Speak of the Devil addresses the life and lore of Satanist Anton LaVey, who died 15 years ago today.

Speak of the Devil

The 1995 documentary Speak of the Devil addresses the life and lore of Satanist Anton LaVey, who died 15 years ago today.

Aimless Walk

Alexander Hammid’s film follows an unidentified man through Prague, although the camera is largely disengaged from the expected multitudes and monuments, instead following this enigmatic flaneur to the liminal spaces of the city.

Aimless Walk

Alexander Hammid’s film follows an unidentified man through Prague, although the camera is largely disengaged from the expected multitudes and monuments, instead following this enigmatic flaneur to the liminal spaces of the city.

Song from the Uproar

‘All of a sudden, we heard a grumbling sound that seemed like a procession of lorries advancing. The noise grew louder and louder. People passed by, running. They cried out: “The wadi! The wadi!”‘

Song from the Uproar

‘All of a sudden, we heard a grumbling sound that seemed like a procession of lorries advancing. The noise grew louder and louder. People passed by, running. They cried out: “The wadi! The wadi!”‘

Unfolding Florence

It’s been 35 years since Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was murdered in Sydney.

Unfolding Florence

It’s been 35 years since Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst was murdered in Sydney.

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

The Passions of Werner Schroeter

In Der Tod der Maria Malibran, opera is rendered as if in the fever dream of a dying diva or besotted fan thereof – fragments, poses, expressions, gestures, moments, tableaux.

The Passions of Werner Schroeter

In Der Tod der Maria Malibran, opera is rendered as if in the fever dream of a dying diva or besotted fan thereof – fragments, poses, expressions, gestures, moments, tableaux.

Edith speaks

On the couch with Edith and MM…

Edith speaks

On the couch with Edith and MM…

Star-Shaped Biscuit

“…a confusion of stories, invisible presences, angels and devils, interior monologues and passages quoting either directly or obliquely from Dora Maar, and from other stories of island exile and haunting…”

Star-Shaped Biscuit

“…a confusion of stories, invisible presences, angels and devils, interior monologues and passages quoting either directly or obliquely from Dora Maar, and from other stories of island exile and haunting…”

Places: 1466 N Kings Road

If you’re quick (and rich, and ready to resettle) you can pick up one of the most illustrious settings in the history of experimental film, the location of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s 1943 film Meshes of the Afternoon.

Places: 1466 N Kings Road

If you’re quick (and rich, and ready to resettle) you can pick up one of the most illustrious settings in the history of experimental film, the location of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s 1943 film Meshes of the Afternoon.

An eternal mystery

If you didn’t know the fairy tale king was a fairy you’d never know from this short outing (as it were).

An eternal mystery

If you didn’t know the fairy tale king was a fairy you’d never know from this short outing (as it were).

D’Annunzio’s Cave

The hand-held camera makes constant scything motions as if trying to slash through the pomposity, pausing every now and then to leer in contemptuous close-up, offering up some decorative detail for mockery.

D’Annunzio’s Cave

The hand-held camera makes constant scything motions as if trying to slash through the pomposity, pausing every now and then to leer in contemptuous close-up, offering up some decorative detail for mockery.

Come on Algernon

“Give me a tip top stick of Brighton rock and how I’ll coo…”

Come on Algernon

“Give me a tip top stick of Brighton rock and how I’ll coo…”

Huncke Burning Ghat

Neither was an actor by either training or instinct, but this miniature is still a rare and wonderful thing with the gamey savour of lived reality.

Huncke Burning Ghat

Neither was an actor by either training or instinct, but this miniature is still a rare and wonderful thing with the gamey savour of lived reality.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

Beyond fashion, beyond taste

French crime thriller Les Vampires appeared in 1915 and 1916, directed by Louis Feuillade and starring the cat-suited Musidora (born Jeanne Roques) as the anagrammatical Irma Vep.

Beyond fashion, beyond taste

French crime thriller Les Vampires appeared in 1915 and 1916, directed by Louis Feuillade and starring the cat-suited Musidora (born Jeanne Roques) as the anagrammatical Irma Vep.

Obsèques de M. Pierre Loti

By the time deeply eccentric French writer and adventurer Pierre Loti died in 1923, he had achieved the unlikely feat of planting his standard in the bulwark of the French literary establishment.

Obsèques de M. Pierre Loti

By the time deeply eccentric French writer and adventurer Pierre Loti died in 1923, he had achieved the unlikely feat of planting his standard in the bulwark of the French literary establishment.

Impressions de la Haute Mongolie

As part of its “Artists and Filmmakers” programme, documenta is showing the 1976 film Impressions de la Haute Mongolie, made by Salvador Dalí and José Montes-Baquer and partly inspired by Raymond Roussel.

Impressions de la Haute Mongolie

As part of its “Artists and Filmmakers” programme, documenta is showing the 1976 film Impressions de la Haute Mongolie, made by Salvador Dalí and José Montes-Baquer and partly inspired by Raymond Roussel.

Ironfoot Jack on film

Here he is! In the daytime! In colour! He’s just one of the wonders in this brilliant time capsule of Soho in the 1950s, when the cappuccino machine was still a device of such foreign exoticism it may as well have been a sputnik.

Ironfoot Jack on film

Here he is! In the daytime! In colour! He’s just one of the wonders in this brilliant time capsule of Soho in the 1950s, when the cappuccino machine was still a device of such foreign exoticism it may as well have been a sputnik.

The Death of Lovers

Strange flowers, evil flowers, mystical blue and tarnished mirrors…

The Death of Lovers

Strange flowers, evil flowers, mystical blue and tarnished mirrors…

Moondog on film

I’m convinced that there is footage of Moondog out there which hasn’t yet been digitalised, but in the meantime I recently came across these two tantalisingly short feature film extracts from the 1960s.

Moondog on film

I’m convinced that there is footage of Moondog out there which hasn’t yet been digitalised, but in the meantime I recently came across these two tantalisingly short feature film extracts from the 1960s.