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True Cinema: Vlada Petric on Slavko Vorkapich

Vlada Petric In Person
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True Cinema: Vlada Petric on Slavko Vorkapich introduction by Haden Guest, discussion by Vlada Petric. ©Harvard Film Archive

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  • The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra

    Directed by Slavko Vorkapich and Robert Florey.
    US, 1928, 16mm, black & white, silent, 11 min.

This seminal experimental film synthesizes different strains of the European avant-gardes, particularly Soviet montage and German expressionism, to convey the uniquely American story telegraphed by the film’s title. The filmmakers themselves play the leading parts.

  • Forest Murmurs

    Directed by Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman.
    US, 1947, 16mm, black & white, 11 min.

This subtle nature poem, shot in Angeles National Forest (outside Los Angeles), is scored to the interlude from Wagner’s Siegfried.

  • Moods of the Sea

    Directed by Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman.
    US, 1941, 16mm, black & white, 10 min.

The earlier of the two visual tone poems by Vorkapich juxtaposes poetic imagery of the waves to Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”).

  • Symphony of Hands

    Directed by Vlada Petric.
    US, 2008, digital video, color, 10 min.

Following Vorkapich’s montage concept known as kinesthesia/synesthesia, this film sets close-ups of hands from Renaissance paintings, Byzantine medieval frescoes and contemporary photographs to music from Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Stevan Mokranjac’s The Orthodox Liturgy and Charles Mingus’ Haitian Fight Song

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