Author Topic: Favourite Short Films (examples provided, gratuitously for your viewing delight)  (Read 907 times)

St_Eddie

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I've compiled my three favourite short films, bound together in a single video file, so that you may watch them with your eyes and smile with your mouth, in response to the elation of your brain...




With the first short film, Harpya, I've personally re-synced the audio because the only copy available online was horribly out of sync.  Sound and vision are now aligned.  Though it may possess an extremely predictable ending, none the less, I find it to be a rather fantastic short film.  I hope that you will likewise enjoy it.

The second short film, China Lake (from the director of the cult classic, The Hitcher; Robert Harmon), is of a rather low quality resolution, for which I apologise.  It was the only copy which I could find online, without resorting to ripping my DVD copy (just call me lazy, I guess).  Having said that, perhaps the dodgy picture quality adds a certain je ne sais quoi, dare I say.

The last short film, Tag 26 (German for 'Day 26'), well... I'd rather you just watch that for yourself.

These are a few of my favourite things.  Now I would care to see yours ("ooh err").  Have at you.
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I like Dirty Love, it is about 90 minutes.

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I like Dirty Love, it is about 90 minutes.

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I've enjoyed Jan Kounen's Gisele Kerozene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-07h0t0ZGk coz it wacky.

And Roy Andersson's World of Glory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jElxWAdQ2fM

But can't abide the Oscar-chasing, or Bafta-chasing shorts.

But having said that, I think the year My Wrongs won the Bafta for best short, the award really should have gone to Alicia Duffy's The Most Beautiful Man in the World

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Think my top 3 would be:

Feelings of Mountains & Waters by Te Wei (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mE5F78_PUTM)

La Cabina (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKkfGG9q32c)

The Club of the Laid Off by Jiri Barta (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4B-rahQ_lM)


It is a drag that we don't really have a venue for them anymore.  Once it became clear to studios that the more screenings you can pack in, the more money there is to be made, the whole packaged event that was going to your local electric lighthouse went out the window.  I'd so be down for tacking on shorts next to movies.  Show them at the end if you have to once the lamos with important events to go to like breastfeeding their babies have been weeded out.

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Staplerfahrer Klaus (AKA Forklift Driver Klaus)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DILjd69C0o

Possibly not safe for work, but then you shouldn't be getting distracted at work anyway, as this film amply demonstrates. Contains one of the catchiest theme tunes ever whistled.


With the first short film, Harpya, I've personally re-synced the audio because the only copy available online was horribly out of sync.  Sound and vision are now aligned.  Though it may possess an extremely predictable ending, none the less, I find it to be a rather fantastic short film.  I hope that you will likewise enjoy it.



Was really cool seeing Harpya again. Always reminded me of the other big Scary Claymation Monster Short™. Paul Berry's version of The Sandman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjgHbRrnjhU


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Cat Soup

I've always been very fond of this 30-minute contemplation on death and the soul. A Japanese animated film about two young cats on a voyage. Dali-esque surrealism which looks and sounds beautiful, dreamlike, and wonderful in its abstract darkness. If you dig shit like Paprika or Tekkonkinkreet and you fancy something more somber, give this a go.

You can watch it here in acceptable quality.

I've recently written a fifty-page booklet on the history of short British horror movies, from early silent films up to today's festival entries and shot-on-phone fare - though largely focusing on the cinema shorts that used to play before main features from the late sixties through to the early eighties. One that I mention in the book is The Anna Contract (1977) - not a 'horror film' as such, but included because of its weird, unsettling closing scene. It's a Cold War thriller about a hired assassin, and is pretty tense and well made - but that ending just sends it into a whole other realm. Viewable here: https://www.aulis.com/anna_contract.htm

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A childhood favourite of mine; the Russian animation, Hedgehog in the Fog (1975).

Staplerfahrer Klaus (AKA Forklift Driver Klaus)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DILjd69C0o

Possibly not safe for work, but then you shouldn't be getting distracted at work anyway, as this film amply demonstrates. Contains one of the catchiest theme tunes ever whistled.

Ah, yes.  This is one of my favourites too.  It's like Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, by way of Peter Jackson.

The Russian cartoon adaptation of There will Come Soft Rains is something.

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Surprise (1995) - dir. Veit Helmer. Also NSFW.

https://youtu.be/vcepZn5biFU

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Byt (Jan Svankmajer, 1968)
English: The Flat/Apartment. Not For Work Safe also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8u_DJln_0A

A bitterly satirical bit of slapstick farce evidently influenced by daily living under a communist state.



In no particular order....

Night And Fog - Holocaust documentary (a "fantasy" according to Adam Egret)
La Jetee - The inspiration for 12 Monkeys
A Trip To The Moon - The one with the moon with the telescope in his eye
The Wrong Trousers - The best of the Wallace And Gromit films
Un Chien Andalou - Eye-slicingly brilliant
Duck Amuck - When Looney Tunes goes meta
The Crimson Permanent Assurance - "...sail the wide accountant-sea"



"I've recently written a fifty-page booklet on the history of short British horror movies"

Sounds interesting. Where would I read such a thing?

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Robert Morgan's Bobby Yeah https://vimeo.com/83521683

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Neighbours, a surreal short from 1952.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_aSowDUUaY


Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Phantoms of Nabua.

https://vimeo.com/170428496


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This creepy short film, Panic, from 1978.  The last moments carry a subtle but powerful punch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFc4e1Qo0BE

This creepy short film, Panic, from 1978.  The last moments carry a subtle but powerful punch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFc4e1Qo0BE


Remade as Left Turn in 2001.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N6j_dkFz408
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7hwQH0FKKo0

 That very clever final shot adapts a similar bit of business from Fritz Lang's silent Dr Mabuse: The Gambler (and Lang himself had restaged it for The 1000 Eyes of Dr Mabuse in the early 60s).

Probably the best British horror short to emerge from the days of the theatrical support slot. The Contraption, by the same director (and starring Richard O'Brien) is worth a look too. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i-PZ4Qy5F0Q

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Brumes d'automnes by Dimitri Kirsanoff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-x8eTswhLE

Stéphane Mallarmé by Éric Rohmer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8auqLczPNPI

Les Statues meurent aussi by Alain Resnais & Chris Marker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzFeuiZKHcg

Les Hallucinations du Baron de Munchausen by George Méliès
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57QeGynjwjw

Witch's Cradle by Maya Deren
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iErVrOQH5U

the soundtracks for the last two were made by a friend of mine.

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Thanks for this thred St.

Here's mine, a short by Austrian Virgil Widrich called Copy Shop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0jeZabxSAg

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Here's mine, a short by Austrian Virgil Widrich called Copy Shop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0jeZabxSAg

I loved the visual style and soundtrack of this short.  Thematically, there were echoes of Groundhog Day, Multiplicity and Multi Being John Malkovich in there but delivered through the lens of a Lynchian nightmare.

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The Black Tower (1987)

Classic psychogeographical nightmare about a man haunted by an ominous black building that seems to follow him everywhere, told entirely through static camera shots and narration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw6exAfUWMI