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70 minutes · 1986

Animation, Avant-Garde, Experimental
Experimental animator Robert Breer built sequences out of tiny bits of intercut imagery—mostly only a few frames long, some abstract and some representational—to produce a flicker that both reflects the rhythm of film projection and keeps the viewer on edge. At the very moment you think you understand the organizing principles of a sequence, Breer will introduce a live-action shot of, say, a toy telephone prancing across the floor on little plastic feet. Breer's short films are surprisingly varied in feeling and tempo, moving from energized, almost electric movement to brief meditative silences, from intimations of sadness to humor—a humor that allows Breer to confront doubt and loss without ever becoming portentous. Screening are A Man and His Dog Out for Air (1957), Eyewash (1959), Blazes (1961), Fist Fight (1964), 66 (1966), 69 (1968), 77 (1970), Fuji (1974), Swiss Army Knife With Rats and Pigeons (1981), and Bang! (1986).

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