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Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2012)




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Filmmaker and film activist Pip Chodorov offers this affectionate overview of some of the leading figures of 20th century experimental film. Narrating in a personal and plainspoken manner ("I'd like you to meet some of my friends and see their films"), Chodorov combines clips and even films in their entirety with conversations with such luminaries as Hans Richter, Robert Breer, Michael Snow, Peter Kubelka and Stan Brakhage in his final recorded interview. -- (C) Kino Lorber


Critic Reviews for Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

A pleasant ramble through little-known cinematic territory.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

This friendly, colorful documentary from Pip Chodorov is not the last word on all the shapes, sizes and languages of experimental film, but rather an introduction brightened by a companionable enthusiasm and an apposite sense of community.

August 2, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

There are simply too many obvious condensations and omissions in the course of the meager 82-minute running time ...

July 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Aspires to no less a feat of compression than surveying, in 80 minutes, 10 decades of the filmmaking practice that has variously been described as experimental, nonnarrative, underground, etc.

July 31, 2012 | Full Review…

A worthy baptism for those unacquainted with the genre but less fulfilling, perhaps, for the pre-converted eager to experience more.

November 13, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A playful and audacious homage documentary to the pioneering and economically hard-pressed avant-garde filmmakers from the silents to the present.

January 30, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

A survey of 90 years of abstract experimental film (mostly the kind where they scratch into or paint directly on the celluloid), from its Dadaist origins to its NYC heyday, with rare interviews and plentiful examples, including a few full-length shorts. A decent overview of an imposing subject, though aficionados will wonder about some of the important figures who are rushed over or omitted entirely (did Hollis Frampton sleep with the director's girlfriend or something?)

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