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Treasures From American Film Archives IV

THE GRADUAL RELEASE of the American experimental film canon on DVD raises sobering questions about the continuity and legacy of small-gauge film (16 mm and Super 8) as a historic and artistic medium. These questions are given particular force by an exceptional new collection, Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film 1947–1986, the fourth and latest installment of the Treasures from American Film Archives DVD box sets, which breaks from the series’ dominant interest in American silent cinema to focus instead on the remarkable generation of American experimental filmmakers who came of age during the 1960s. The twenty-six short films gathered here include seminal and hitherto unavailable works by such major figures as Bruce Baillie, Larry Gottheim, and Marie Menken as well as key films by less widely known artists—Standish Lawder, Saul Levine, and Christopher Maclaine among them. A much-needed,

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