short film

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

A female Tarzan and her gorilla, a horse that revenges his murdered master, mothers, and comical aviators make the scene in these silent film jewels.

Alberto Mielgo’s Sci-Fi Short ‘Jibaro’ Is Not a Critique of Colonialism

Alberto Mielgo’s Sci-Fi Short ‘Jibaro’ Is Not a Critique of Colonialism

Alberto Mielgo’s creature in the sci-fi short Jibaro represents treasure, not nature, and this aligns her perfectly with tales of chivalric literature – as does her predatory behavior.

Alain Resnais’ Short Films on Art, Plastic, and Institutional Hypnotism

Alain Resnais’ Short Films on Art, Plastic, and Institutional Hypnotism

Icarus Films’ recent Blu-ray of Alain Resnais ‘short films ranges from footage of artworks with poetic narration to sensual color conveyed with a wink.

Sean Baker’s ‘Khaite’ Makes Punk Classy

Sean Baker’s ‘Khaite’ Makes Punk Classy

Sean Baker’s short film, ‘Khaite’, mixes high fashion with hard crime New York city style.

Where’s the Strong Woman in Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘Good Hunting’?

Where’s the Strong Woman in Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘Good Hunting’?

Contrary to the intention of Ken Liu's short story, "Good Hunting", Netflix presents a superficial arc of female empowerment, then allows animation and the role of male characters to undercut that message.

Defragmenting Bodies: Yoko Ono’s ‘Fly’ at 50

Defragmenting Bodies: Yoko Ono’s ‘Fly’ at 50

In her 1970 avant-garde short Fly, Yoko Ono works within the same parameters as directors like Alfred Hitchcock or Takashi Miike. Yet, she posits the intermixture of her celluloid images as reconstructive effort, not a destructive one.

Reclaiming Small Spaces: Chantal Akerman’s ‘Saute ma ville’ and the Art of Social Distancing

Reclaiming Small Spaces: Chantal Akerman’s ‘Saute ma ville’ and the Art of Social Distancing

Chantal Akerman’s 1968 short film Saute ma ville directly reflects our current state, serving as a meditative text on the art of staying home.

How Kenneth Anger Created Camp Cinema with His Short Film, ‘Puce Moment’

How Kenneth Anger Created Camp Cinema with His Short Film, ‘Puce Moment’

With his 1949 avant-garde short film, Puce Moment, Kenneth Anger is vomiting glamour into our face, objectifying objects, sexualizing what cannot, in a vacuum, be sexualized: silk, velvet, cotton, glitter -- and we cannot get enough of it.

The Coen Brothers Tackle Short Story in Film Again with ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ‘

The Coen Brothers Tackle Short Story in Film Again with ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ‘

Not their first foray into bringing the short story form to cinema, the Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs affirms, sadly, that in this regard, cinema is the lesser storytelling form.

10 Iconic Documentaries in the Career of Albert Maysles (1926 – 2015)

Kafka Noir: ‘The Sickroom’ and ‘A Country Doctor’

The Short Films in ‘Tales from the Golden Age’ Depict Life Under Ceaușescu