Program 2: Private Lives

Introduction by Scott MacDonald
Screening on Film
  • Geography of the Body

    Directed by Willard Maas.
    US, 1943, 16mm, black & white, 8 min.

Poet Maas’s exploration of the human body as unknown territory.

  • Private Life of a Cat

    Directed by Alexander Hammid and Maya Deren.
    US, 1945, 16mm, black & white, silent, 22 min.
    Print source: Swank

Rejected by the New York State Censors as “obscene”—believe it or not.

  • Psyche

    Directed by Gregory Markopoulos.
    US, 1947, 16mm, color, 25 min.

An experimental narrative based on Pierre Louys’ unfinished novella: “Three interrelated characteristics define Markopoulos’ style: color, rhythm, and atemporal construction. Color, rather than story, has been the emotional vehicle of his films.” – P. Adams Sitney, Visionary Film

  • The Room

    Directed by Carmen D’Avino.
    US, 1959, 16mm, color, 5 min.
    Print source: Academy Film Archive

This now underappreciated animator was a popular favorite with Cinema 16 audiences.

Preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

  • Thanatopsis

    Directed by Ed Emshwiller.
    US, 1962, 16mm, black & white, 5 min.
    Print source: Canyon Cinema

A meditation on mortality.

  • Window Water Baby Moving

    Directed by Stan Brakhage.
    US, 1959, 16mm, black & white, 12 min.

Brakhage’s then-shocking paean to human creativity; Cinema 16 was its first distributor.

  • Begone Dull Care

    Directed by Norman McLaren.
    US, 1949, digital video, color, 9 min.
    Copy source: National Film Board of Canada

Canadian Norman McLaren draws and paints directly on the filmstrip, riffing with Oscar Peterson.

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