Also known as – USA (literal English title) The Rediscovered Paradise
Adam and Eve are cast out of Eden. They discover that flowers can bring both joy and solace
Director : Walter Ruttmann, Lotte Lendesdorff
Screenwriter: Walter Ruttmann
Producer: Julius Pinschewer Werbefilm GmbH
In 1626, Dutch traders bought Manhattan for $28 of beads and gift product. Within 30 years, there were 1,000 residents, and 300 years later, there were 8 million. This film celebrates the muscle, size, and majesty of Manhattan, starting at the river’s edge where a huge-jawed steam shovel dredges. It’s on to an ocean liner, then to a hole in the ground where men swing pickaxes, sledgehammers, and shovels. The camera then slowly examines a stately building by the shore. Behind and beside it is the city.
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Robert J. Flaherty
Avant-garde expressionist film
The Tell-Tale Heart is a 1928 American silent film directed by Charles F. Klein, based on the short story by E.A. Poe. This experimental, avant-garde film used many new techniques and influenced a series of cinematic Poe renditions in both the United States and France, including The Fall of the House of Usher by M. Webber, made in the same year. The two films have many aesthetic similarities, although the narrative in The Tell-Tale Heart is significantly less abstract. The music underscoring the work creates a parallel drama to the events unfolding on the screen. After the title sequence, some of the text from the original short story is projected to foreshadow the gruesome events to follow. A still of the Old Man’s eye is layered on the top of this scrolling text, accompanied by the first statement of the “Vulture Eye Chord”, which continues to come back as a leitmotif throughout the score. Also prominent is the leitmotif for our narrator, which takes the shape of a disturbingly quick and easily unhinged “Death Waltz”. Upon strangling the Old Man for his vulture eye, the waltz quickly dissolves into a quick 5/8 section, dignifying the beating of a heart, which gradually slows. After two detectives come to investigate the scene, the narrator having initially been successful in covering up his deceit, the underscoring reveals to us that he’s been tortured by his deeds as the two leitmotifs emerge from an otherwise calm texture. After hearing the beating of the Old Man’s heart beneath the floorboards, the narrator admits to his sin and reveals the body at the end of the film.
Directors: Charles Klein , Leon Shamroy
Writers: Charles Klein, Edgar Allan Poe (story “The Tell-tale Heart”)
Stars: Charles Darvas, Hans Fuerberg, William Herford
Also known as De brug
De brug (The bridge) is a 1928 Dutch documentary short film directed by Joris Ivens. This silent film explores the then-newly constructed Rotterdam vertical-lift railroad bridge: its structure, mechanisms, complex actions, and the steam-powered trains and ships making use of it.
In it’s time considered avant-garde
Initial release: 1928
Director: Joris Ivens
Cinematography: Joris Ivens
Editor: Joris Ivens
Japanese intertitles only
After falling in love with a courtesan, Rikiya is blinded by ash during a fight in a brothel. Believing the blindness permanent and his opponent dead, Rikiya goes back home to his sister. Okiku, desperate to protect her brother who thinks himself a murderer, wants to sacrifice herself for him and become a prostitute to pay for Rikiya’s treatment.
Initial release: May 11, 1928 (Japan)
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Screenplay: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Story by: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Cinematography: Kôhei Sugiyama
Cast: Yoshie Nakagawa, Yukiko Ogawa, Akiko Chihaya
Hände (original title)
Stella F. Simon and and Miklos Bandy’s 1927–28 16mm film, Hands: The Life and Love of a Gentle Sex, is a short, experimental, feminist film whose aesthetic is drawn from American and European modernist photography movements and early avant-garde film traditions.
In a prelude, among a sea of hands, two find each other, a female and a male. She reaches toward him. In the next part, “The Individual,” the two hands move expressively, then the male hand grabs the female arm at the wrist, holding tight. He lets her go, and she leads in a more playful and sensuous exploration of the other and of the space around them. Fingers entwine and the male hand again becomes grasping. Other hands reappear with seeming conformity of movement. In the third part, “Balance,” many hands caress and explore a bowl; it breaks. Are repair and restoration possible: the female hand provides guidance.
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Director: Miklos Bandy
Writer: Stella F. Simon (idea by)
Polizeibericht Überfall (original title)
The film centers on the struggles of a German citizen who happens upon a counterfeit coin lying in a gutter. The opening sequence of the movie gives a brief glimpse into the notion that the coin might be “cursed,” as another passerby is struck down by a car while reaching for the coin in the middle of the road. Although the finder of the coin is at first glad, he soon regrets ever having picked it up.
Director: Ernö Metzner
Writers: Grace Chiang, Ernö Metzner
Stars: Heinrich Gotho, Eva Schmid-Kayser, Sybille Schmitz