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Six Men Getting Sick(1967)

4min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 41 votes)

Lynch's first film project consists of a loop of six people vomiting projected on to a special sculptured screen featuring twisted three-dimensional faces.

Directed by David Lynch

The Big Shave(1967)

6min | Drama, Horror
3.5/5 (with 73 votes)

This short film is a metaphor for the Vietnam War. A man walks into a meticulously clean and sterile bathroom, concentrating on the polished porcelain and shiny metal motif. He then proceeds to shave. When his face is clean, however, he only continues to shave until he pierces through his skin. Blood covers him and falls around him, the red contrasting the perfect spotlessness of the bathroom.

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Mothlight(1963)

4min
3.0/5 (with 23 votes)

Seemingly at random, the wings and other bits of moths and insects move rapidly across the screen. Most are brown or sepia; up close, we can see patterns within wings, similar to the veins in a leaf. Sometimes the images look like paper cutouts, like Matisse. Green objects occasionally appear. Most wings are translucent. The technique makes them appear to be stuck directly to the film.

Directed by Stan Brakhage

Bootleggers(1962)

19min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 23 votes)

This is the second silent (save for a song) slapstick comedy short about adventures of Worldly, Coward, and Fool. In a small hunting lodge three friends are making illegal moonshine. Bottled "product" fills shelves quickly. Life is good. But their dog Barbos doesn't understand that bringing a moonshine condenser coil to a police station is a bad idea...

Blonde Cobra(1963)

33min
1.4/5 (with 7 votes)

A man fondles objects, looks at himself in the mirror, poses in different clothes, smiles and makes faces at the camera while his voice on the soundtrack speaks of his despair, makes impressionistic statements and little songs, quotes Greta Garbo and Maria Montez, tells the story of a lonely little boy and (in drag) tells the story of a woman (Madame Nescience) who dreams of herself as the Mother Superior of a convent of sexual perversion.

Directed by Ken Jacobs - With Jack Smith, Ken Jacobs

Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB(1967)

3.3/5 (with 14 votes)

In an underground city in a dystopian future, the protagonist, whose name is "THX 1138 4EB", is shown running through passageways and enclosed spaces. It is soon discovered that THX is escaping his community. The government uses computers and cameras to track down THX and attempt to stop him; however, they fail. He escapes by breaking through a door and runs off into the sunset. The government sends their condolences to YYO 7117, THX's mate, claiming that THX has destroyed himself. Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138 4EB is a 1967 science fiction short film written and directed by George Lucas[1] while he attended the University of Southern California's film school.

Directed by George Lucas - With David Munson

The Hand(1965)

18min | Animation, Horror
3.9/5 (with 15 votes)

A happy little potter is approached by a huge hand which wants him to sculpt its statue. The potter refuses, wanting nothing more than to be left alone with his only friend, a potted plant. As the hand's request gives way to bribery, demands, and threats, the potter becomes more desperate to escape its clutch, leading to tragedy.

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Trip for Tat(1960)

3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Tweety Bird goes on a world tour with his mistress, Granny. And a hungry Sylvester Cat follows them everywhere they go (France, Japan, Switzerland, and Italy).

Directed by Friz Freleng

Blow Job(1964)

35min | Documentary
2.0/5 (with 12 votes)

Andy Warhol directs a single 35-minute shot of a man's face to capture his facial expressions as he receives the sexual act depicted in the title.

Black Panthers(1968)

31min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

This riveting documentary, “Black Panthers - Huey!”, directed by French filmmaker Agnès Varda transports you to the pivotal Free Huey rally held on February 17th, 1968, at Oakland Auditorium in Alameda, California. Newton, the charismatic young college student who, along with Bobby Seale, created the Black Panther Party, had been jailed for allegedly killing a police officer. His arrest–widely believed at the time to be a setup–galvanized Party support throughout the nation and led to a boom in Party membership, bringing a new level of public attention to the Panthers’ cause.

Directed by Agnès Varda

Picnic with Weissmann(1968)

13min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

In one of Jan Svankmajer's many mind-blowing, deliberately weird short films, a picnic consists of a suit sunbathing, a phonograph playing records, a shovel digging holes, and a camera taking pictures.

Directed by Jan Švankmajer

Arnulf Rainer(1960)

7min
2.4/5 (with 12 votes)

An experimental film, the last in Peter Kubelka's trilogy of “metric films”. Each frame of Arnulf Rainer is composed of darkness or light and silence or sound.

Directed by Peter Kubelka
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Patriotism(1966)

3.6/5 (with 12 votes)

Two characters on a Noh stage dramatize the rite of love and death of Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko.

Directed by Yukio Mishima - With Yukio Mishima

The Flicker(1966)

30min
2.4/5 (with 4 votes)

This film consists of alternating black and white frames.

Directed by Tony Conrad

Kustom Kar Kommandos(1965)

3min | Music
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

A man in tight jeans buffs his car to the strains of The Paris Sisters’ “Dream Lover”.

Directed by Kenneth Anger

Cosmic Ray(1962)

4min | Music, History
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

Experimental short uses Ray Charles' “What'd I Say” as accompaniment to constantly shifting collage of female nude, cartoons, and newsreels of atomic bomb explosions.

Directed by Bruce Conner

Powers of Ten(1977)

3.9/5 (with 15 votes)

A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of the entire known universe, the camera gradually zooms in until we are viewing the subatomic particles on a man's hand.

Directed by Charles Eames, Ray Eames - With Philip Morrison

OffOn(1968)

9min
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

The human eye, the human form, the human face: these are the three central images of this avant-garde collage and kaleidoscope of shifting and fractured images, changing colors, and pulsing rhythms. Near the end, a tree appears briefly, and birds fly - first white, then red and blue. Celtic knots morph from one to another. The images become Rorschach tests although the mood, driven by the rapid changing images and the soundtrack, remains frantic.

The Perfect Human(1967)

13min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

An elegant and humorous film—in the guise of a serious anthropological treatise—spotlights "The Perfect Human," a model of the modern Dane created by our wishful thinking.

Time Piece(1965)

9min | Comedy, Music
3.8/5 (with 6 votes)

Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject.

Directed by Jim Henson - With Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl, April March, David Bailey

Look at Life(1965)

3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Student film by George Lucas.

Directed by George Lucas

Storytime(1968)

9min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

The first story-time segment is about a cheerful cockroach named Don, who scurries throughout his mansion home, walks beneath the floorboards and does unspeakable things in the darkness of the cupboard, before being splatted by somebody's foot. The second segment is about an ordinary man named Albert Einstein ("the only Albert Einstein not to have discovered the Theory of Relativity") whose hands have a life of their own, staying out late at night, misbehaving and committing adultery with feet. The third segment – hasn't much story to it at all, and instead concerns the inhabitants of the moving pictures on an over-sized Christmas card, who interact with each other in all sorts of bizarre ways.

Directed by Terry Gilliam

The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film(1959)

11min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

A short film without any direct action designed more as an experiment, with disjointed comic scenes with no common thread.

What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?(1963)

9min | Comedy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 12 votes)

A writer named Algernon (but called Harry by his friends) buys a picture of a boat on a lake, and his obsession with it renders normal life impossible.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Martin Scorsese

Quackodile Tears(1962)

6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Daffy Duck is ordered by his loud-mouthed wife to sit on their egg in a nest. When Daffy adjusts the nest to make it more comfortable, the egg rolls away from him and into a crocodile hatchery, where it is indistinguishable from all the other eggs. When Daffy picks what he think is his egg from the crocodile hatchery, a male crocodile gives chase and does battle with Daffy for the egg.

Directed by Arthur Davis

Our Trip to Africa(1966)

13min | Documentary
2.9/5 (with 12 votes)

Kubelka was asked to do a documentation group of Europe's hunters in Africa, working on it for hours and do the editing very extreme so film live leaving only 12 1/2 minutes, Kubelka also did a revolution in sound synchronization in which he called the "sync events," and also done editing to create an illusion of continuity for a moment, one of the most important experiment film of all time.

Directed by Peter Kubelka

Allures(1961)

8min | Animation
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Allures is a spectacular sequence of moving figures and points, a film which reaches out to the cosmic and the spiritual, where the spatial dimension becomes transcendental.

Directed by Jordan Belson

Herakles(1962)

3.1/5 (with 7 votes)

Basically, 'Herakles' is an omnium-gatherum of film clips depicting images of machismo. Some of those images are explicitly macho: we see various body-builders flexing their biceps and triceps. Other images seen here are not macho in the literal sense, but are indirectly related to testosterone or cojones on some level: we see military aircraft making bombing raids, and footage of car crashes.

Directed by Werner Herzog

Anyone Lived in a Pretty [How] Town(1967)

6min
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

A visual interpretation of the poem by E.E. Cummings about the life cycle of a townspeople and of one ignored couple.

Directed by George Lucas

Hag in a Black Leather Jacket(1964)

17min
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

The lurid wedding of a black man and white girl, with a Ku Klux Klansman performing the wedding ceremony. John Waters' first film, made on 8mm, given one showing (making back its budget of thirty dollars) before being retired to his closet.

Directed by John Waters - With Mary Vivian Pearce
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