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Anémic cinéma
(1926)

 

Anémic cinéma (1926) directed by Marcel Duchamp (Rrose Sélavy) alternates between entrancing revolving spirals and French wordplay. Within the context of its title, the film is a brief wry comment on avant-garde film itself and an excuse (and perhaps an apology) for graphical experimentation.

coverImage Entertainment
2005 DVD edition

Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film (1894-1947),
black & white, color-toned black & white and color, 1127 minutes total, not rated,
including Ané;mic cinéma (1926), black & white, 7 minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates with Anthology Film Archives,
distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID0592DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-05922-9.
Full-frame and windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, seven single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, 5 Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, seven slimline DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $99.99.
Release date: 18 October 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 9 / additional content: 8 / overall: 8.

This mammoth collection contains one of the best presentations of Anémic cinéma (1926) available on home video, transferred from a very-good to excellent 35mm print from Det Danske Filminstitut.

The film is accompanied by an amusing synthesizer and digital piano music score by Donald Sosin.

 
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coverKino on Video
2005 DVD edition

Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and ’30s (1921-1947), black & white, 360 minutes total, not rated,
including Anémic cinéma (1926), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Kino International, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, two single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, English language intertitles, English language subtitles (selected films), no chapter stops, two-disc DVD keepcase, $29.95.
Release date: 2 August 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This avant-garde collection contains one of the best presentations of Anémic cinéma (1926) available on home video.

 
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coverRisqué Cinema
2005 DVD edition

Anthology of Surreal Cinema, Volume 1 (1924-1928), black & white, 65 minutes total, not rated
including Anémic cinéma (1926), black & white, 5 minutes, not rated.

Risqué Cinema, RC003, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $24.95.
Release date: 26 April 2005.
Country of origin: USA

This subpar collection offers a video transfer of Anémic cinéma (1926) that has been prepared from a good 16mm reduction print, which is relatively contrasty, making it hard to read the spinning French language intertitles, and flecked with several specks of dust and some white speckling. Horizontal video glitches appear throughout this short presentation.

The film is presented with, what appears to be, a custom music score performed on a synthesizer.

Not the best presentation but, given the low quality of some of the other films in the collection, the disc is not the best buy either.

 
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Nostalgia Family Video
2010 DVD edition

Avant Garde Short Subjects from France (1915-1928), black & white, 70 minutes total, not rated,
including Anémic Cinéma (1926), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Nostalgia Family Video, 5253D, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, clamshell CD case, $14.99.
Release date: 2010.
Country of origin: USA
This edition was likely mastered from 16mm reduction prints.

This edition was produced without menu navigation.

 
NOSTALGIA FAMILY VIDEO has discontinued business and this edition is OUT-OF-PRINT.
Other FRENCH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

Other AVANT-GARDE FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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