FROM ECSTASY TO RAPTURE (DEL ÉXTASIS AL ARREBATO): A Journey Through Spanish Experimental Cinema

This 2-DVD collection was designed to accompany the international traveling film exhibition, Del Éxtasis al Arrebato (From Ecstasy to Rapture): 50 Years of the Other Spanish Cinema. Curators Andrés Hispano and Antoni Pinent bring together 31 key films, showcasing works "with an obvious experimental drive — that is films that display a formal, plastic, conceptual and perceptual exploration ... works that have utilized the cinema as a means of artistic expression, for purposes that are neither commercial nor promotional ... works that operate outside a conventional narrative." Presented are over 3 hours of films by artists whose passion for the medium demonstrates that experimental cinema has extraordinary manifestations in Spain, despite the adversities it has met in its production, distribution, and until very recently, in being considered in the artistic world.

 
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“There is no art without experimentation. There is no art without creators capable of going against the flow: of stretching the codes of the genre without fear of risking reaching the absurd; of exploring the territories that have been abandoned by the demands of the mythical market, challenging the danger of being devoured by them; of leaving the worn roads of orthodoxies, whether avant-garde or conventional. Cinema is no exception to this rule. Without the wide world (much wider than many would imagine) that remains outside commercial cinema, which for many spectators is their only space for experiencing cinema, there would be no mass cinema. For this inner world of official cinema to be possible, there must be an outer space hidden under the enormous weight of the producers and distributors.”

– Josep Ramoneda, Director of the CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

 
 
 

  Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)

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FILM EXPERIENCIA I.
(1957) 

Director: Equipo 57

• 6 minutes 46 seconds

 
FUEGO EN CASTILLA

(1958 – 1960) 

Director: José Val del Omar.

• 17 minutes 30 seconds

EXP. nº 1 / II
(1958 / 1959)

Director: Joaquim Puigvert 

• 3 minutes 10 seconds

PINTURA
1962 – 63 (1962 – 1963)

Director: Ton Sirera

• 5 minutes 10 seconds 

L´ESPECTADOR/HABITACIÓ AMB RELLOTGE/LA ILUM/CONVERSA
(1967) 

Director: Carles Santos

• 6 minutes 40 seconds 

BIBiCi STORY
(1969)  

Director: Carles Durán

• 7 minutes 50 seconds 

ICE CREAM
(1970)

Director: Antoni Padrós

• 8 minutes 10 seconds

ESPECTRO SIETE
(1970) 

Director: Javier Aguirre

• 8 minutes 20 seconds [4 minutes 58 seconds Excerpt]

TRAVELLING
(1972) 

Director: Luis Rivera

• 10 minutes 25 seconds 

ARRILUCE
(1974) 

Director: José Ángel Rebolledo.  

• 7 minutes 55 seconds 

BLOODFILM
(1975) 

Director: Marcel Pey

• 2 minutes 33 seconds

PHOTOMATONS
(1976) 

Director: Eugeni Bonet

• 5 minutes 2 seconds 

A MAL GAM A
(1976) 

Director: Iván Zulueta

• 33 minutes 46 seconds

RITMES CROMÀTICS (1978) 

Director: Jordi Artigas

• 4 minutes 43 seconds 

BRUTAL ARDOUR
(1978 – 1979) 

Director: Manuel Huerga 

• 28 minutes 56 seconds

BOY MEETS GIRL
(1978) 

Director: Eugènia Balcells

• 9 minutes 11 seconds

GREEN
(1978) 

Director: Juan Bufill

• 3 minutes 30 seconds

PARAÍSO
(1978) 

Director: Juan Bufill 

• 3 minutes 26 seconds

ARENA
(1979) 

Director: Juan Bufill 

• 2 minutes 45 seconds 

MISERERE
(1979) 

Director: Antoni Miralda & Benet Rossell 

• 11 minutes 20 seconds 

IMPRESIONES EN LA AITA ATMÓSFERA
(1988-89)

Director: José Antonio Sistiaga

• 7 minutes [1 minutes 20 seconds Excerpt]

A ESCALA DEL HOMBRE
(1992) 

Director: David Reznak

• 8 minutes 18 seconds 

SÚPER 8
(1997) 

Director: David Domingo

• 7 minutes 15 seconds 

FILM (GIOCONDA)
(1999) 

Director: Antoni Pinent 

• 50 minutes

LA COSTRA LACTEAL
(2001) 

Director: Velasco Broca 

• 8 minutes 58 seconds 

FARCE SENSAIONELLE!
(2004) 

Director: Laida Lertxundi 

• 2 minutes 58 seconds 

COPY SCREAM
(2005) 

Director: Oriol Sánchez

• 2 minutes 19 seconds

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Total Running Time: 03:34:48 (2 Discs)

Language: Spanish & English with optional Spanish & English subtitles

Booklet Text: Christine N. Brinkmann (Bilingual German & English)

Published By: Cameo Media & Filmoteca de Catalunya

Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)

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