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Film Scratches: Broadcast from Oblivion – .TV (2017)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. In .TV, a 22 minute experimental video by Austrian-born, New York based artist G. Anthony Svatek, he uses highly imaginative narrative strategies to illuminate the familiar […]

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Film Scratches: The Map and the Territory – Seemingly Uncorrelated Variables (2017)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Dimitrije Martinovic is a Serbian-born, Canadian artist. In his 6 minute short Seemingly Uncorrelated Variables, he presents an idea which is common in experimental video, but […]

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Daredevils of the Red Circle and Other Cliffhangers: Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu and Republic’s Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)

“Daredevils of the Red Circle and Other Cliffhangers” is a blog on serials by Geoffrey Mayer, the author of Encyclopedia of American Film Serials (McFarland, 2017). At last they truly were face to face – the head of the great Yellow movement, and the man who fought on behalf of the entire white race.[1]  –Sax Rohmer, The Mystery of […]

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Agnes Varda, 1928-2019

By Christopher Sharrett. I commented early this week on the ruthlessness of death. The occasion was my remembrance of Larry Cohen, a crucial figure of the American independent cinema. And now, we have word of the loss of Agnes Varda, a person I always thought pivotal to the European cinema. It is a commonplace that […]

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Larry Cohen, 1936-2019

By Christopher Sharrett. Death is ruthless, but it seems to have been especially vicious lately. We have received word that Larry Cohen, the last of the great quartet of 60s-70s horror film innovators, has died. A statement about the full contributions of Cohen will be forthcoming in the print edition of Film International (17.2) by my […]

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Film Scratches: Exuberant Nihilism – Nihelious (2017)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. In the deliriously kitschy world of Nihelious, a 10 and a half minute animated look at love and marriage by Ukrainian artist Yuri Yefanov, […]

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Film Scratches: Suspending the Rules – Poetry of Dreams (2017)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Poetry of Dreams is a short film, just over two minutes long, by Hayk Matevosyan, an Armenian-born artist based in Los Angeles. Over the […]

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Film Scratches: Poetry of the Downtrodden – Short Films of Jeremy Gluck (2017)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Jeremy Gluck is a Canadian-born artist living in Wales. Two of his recent short films have an unusual way to combine images, words, and music to […]

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Film Scratches: Remixing as Distillation – Praxis Selection from Index

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Index, the DVD label that specializes in collections of experimental work by Austrian artists, has assembled this 97 minute selection from Praxis, the massive work which […]

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Film Scratches: Meta-Fetishes – Flowers and Bottoms (2016)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. In Flowers and Bottoms, an amusingly strange six minute film by Christos Massalas, we begin by watching the back of a man’s head. He receives a […]

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