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Title Unseen cinema. 2, The devil's playground. Episode 11, The hearts of age / Cineric, Inc. presents ; by William Vance and Orson Welles
Published [United States] : Filmmakers Showcase, 1934


Description 1 online resource (9 minutes)
Summary THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. It's nothing at all. Absolutely nothing. It was a joke. I wanted to make a parody of Jean Cocteau's first film ["The Blood of a Poet," 1930]. That's all. We shot it in two hours, for fun, one Sunday afternoon. It has no sort of meaning. --ORSON WELLES. Produced as a component of a live summer theatre production, no other exhibition was intended for this film. It is of interest today as the first screen appearance of Orson Welles, aged twenty, with his first wife Virginia Nicholson. --DAVID SHEPARD. His little-known first film, made seven years earlier, gives the lie to the legend. While indisputably technically crude and a bit sophomoric, "The Hearts of Age" reveals both a keen eye for composition and montage, and substantial familiarity with film art. Ultimately, "The Hearts of Age", like so many of Welles' films, is a parable of mortality... it introduces a theme that resonates throughout all of his work. --BRIAN L. FRYE. 16mm 1.37:1 black and white silent with music 8:20 minutes. New music by Donald Sosin
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed June 16, 2020)
"American surrealism"
"Early American avant-garde film, 1893-1941"
Credits New music by Donald Sosin
Performer Featuring Virginia Nicholson, Orson Welles, William Vance, Edgerton Paul, Charles "Blackie" O'Neil
Notes Silent with musical accompaniment
Subject Surrealism in motion pictures.
Experimental films -- United States
Motion pictures -- United States.
Poets -- Drama
Experimental films
Motion pictures
Surrealism in motion pictures
United States
Genre/Form Drama
Experimental films
Fiction films
Parody films
Short films
Silent films
Short films.
Silent films.
Experimental films.
Parody films.
Fiction films.
Courts métrages.
Films muets.
Films expérimentaux.
Parodies de films.
Films de fiction.
Form Streaming video
Author Welles, Orson, 1915-1985, director.
Vance, William, director
Parody of (work): Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963. Sang d'un poète. English.
Cineric (Firm), presenter.
Other Titles Devil's playground : American surrealism
Unseen cinema : early American avant-garde film, 1893-1941