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1. George (I) (2018)

120 min | Documentary

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Documentary feature length film/video portrait of George Maciunas, the founder of the avant-garde art movement 'FLUXUS'

Director: Jeffrey Perkins | Stars: George Maciunas, Eric Andersen, Ay-o, Vyt Bakaitis

Votes: 11

2. Beyond the Bolex (2018)

94 min | Documentary

8.9
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When visionary Jewish immigrant Jacques Bolsey invents the Bolex in the 1920's, he puts the first home movie camera in the hands of everyday folks, fomenting a film revolution that still ... See full summary »

Director: Alyssa Bolsey | Stars: Jacques Bolsey, Wim Wenders, Jonas Mekas, Barbara Hammer

Votes: 13

3. Paradise Not Yet Lost, or Oona's Third Year (1980)

96 min | Documentary

8.6
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The film is arranged in six chronologically-ordered parts, each filmed in a different location during Oona's third year.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Peter Kubelka, Jonas Mekas, Oona Mekas, Hermann Nitsch

Votes: 25

4. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

Not Rated | 359 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, B.J. Rolfzen, Dick Kangas, Liam Clancy

Votes: 10,687

5. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)

288 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer

Votes: 771

6. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 32,530 | Gross: $1.72M

7. Step Across the Border (1990)

90 min | Documentary, Music

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Directors: Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Julia Judge, John Spacely, Tom Walker

Votes: 278

8. Cinéma, de notre temps (1988– )

Documentary

8.2
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A televisual memory of cinema, this documentary series about contemporary filmmakers from around the world, created by Janine Bazin and André S. Labarthe, is a follow-up to the acclaimed initial series "Filmmakers of our time" (1964-1972).

Stars: Jean-Claude Dauphin, Jean Douchet, Claude Chabrol, Luc Moullet

Votes: 80

9. There Is No Direction (2005)

35 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Sarah Bertrand | Stars: Denys Arcand, Hector Babenco, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Votes: 25

10. Going Home (1972)

61 min | Documentary

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Director: Adolfas Mekas

Votes: 14

11. Galaxie (1966)

82 min

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Director: Gregory J. Markopoulos | Stars: Parker Tyler, Storm De Hirsch, Amy Taubin, Donald Droll

Votes: 13

12. American Masters (1985– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 680

13. Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012)

68 min | Documentary

8.0
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A motion picture composed of brief scenes not used in completed films from the years 1960-2000.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Friedl Bondy, James Broughton, William S. Burroughs, Richard Foreman

Votes: 96

14. Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland (2013)

20 min | Documentary, Short

7.9
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Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Peter Sempel

Votes: 10

15. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.8
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A film diary divided into three episodes. In the first part Jonas Mekas tells about his time as emigrant in New York in 1950s, after leaving the home country of Lithuania. The second part ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Adolfas Mekas, Pola Chapelle, Ken Jacobs

Votes: 731

16. Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR (2008)

289 min | Documentary

7.8
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Director: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 8

17. Song of Avignon (1998 Video)

8 min | Short

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Evocation of painful memories of Jonas Mekas.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Angus MacLise, Jonas Mekas

Votes: 88

18. Lost, Lost, Lost (1976)

Not Rated | 178 min | Documentary

7.7
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Artist-writer-poet-filmmaker Jonas Mekas documents his early years building a life and discovering an arts community in New York.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Peter Beard, Ed Emshwiller, Ken Jacobs, Adolfas Mekas

Votes: 345

19. Diaries Notes and Sketches (1969)

Not Rated | 177 min | Documentary

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A chronogical about life including self, family, friend, couple and idol in 6 reels

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Timothy Leary, Ed Emshwiller, Franz Fuenstler, Jack Smith

Votes: 489

20. Divine Trash (1998)

97 min | Documentary

7.7
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The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Yeager | Stars: John Waters, Pat Waters, John Waters Sr., Steve Buscemi

Votes: 978 | Gross: $0.04M

21. Correspondencia Jonas Mekas - J.L. Guerin (2011)

90 min | Documentary

7.7
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Letters from two acclaimed directors offer a remarkable portrait of their attitudes to the craft of filmmaking and the world around them.

Directors: José Luis Guerín, Jonas Mekas | Stars: Jonas Mekas, José Luis Guerín, Benn Northover, Sebastian Mekas

Votes: 66

22. Exprmntl (2016)

65 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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Knokke, Belgium. A small mundane coastal town hosts the world's first festival dedicated to avant-garde cinema: EXPRMNTL. The festival knew only five editions but those five editions soon became legendary.

Director: Brecht Debackere | Stars: Gabrielle Claes, Eric De Kuyper, Harun Farocki, Birgit Hein

Votes: 25

23. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: LennoNYC (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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A look at the period of time musician John Lennon and his family spent living in New York City during the 1970s.

Director: Michael Epstein | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Elton John, Roy Cicala

Votes: 511

24. Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album (2000 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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Behind-the-scenes footage to document the production of one of John Lennon's most enduring works. A fluid context of conflict, community, and craftsmanship.

Director: Andrew Solt | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, George Harrison

Votes: 339

25. Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

7.6
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72 Metascore

A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, the underground filmmaker, photographer, performance artist, and anti-capitalist, who worked in New York from... See full summary »

Director: Mary Jordan | Stars: Jack Smith, Nayland Blake, Ira Cohen, Tony Conrad

Votes: 162

26. The Definition of Insanity (2004)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Robert is an actor who may or may not be himself in this film about acting, aging and the dark side of ambition. Filmed over the course of 18 months, as a documentary crew follows Robert ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Margolis, Frank Matter | Stars: Robert Margolis, Kelli Barnett, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Krias

Votes: 92

27. Film Magazine of the Arts (1963)

Short

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Director: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 9

28. Andy Warhol's Factory People (2008– )

Documentary

7.5
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Tells the story of the Silver Factory that Warhol founded in 1964 in an abandoned hat factory on East 47th Street in New York City. Based on fifty hours of original interviews, factory ... See full summary »

Stars: Ultra Violet, Allen Midgette, Mary Woronov, Billy Name

Votes: 26

29. WTC Haikus (2010)

14 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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Director: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 52

30. Imagine (1972 TV Movie)

83 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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A surreal, half-fiction, half real life footage of a day in the life of John lennon and Yoko Ono, composed to music from John's historic 'Imagine' album and Yoko's 'Fly'.

Directors: John Lennon, Yoko Ono | Stars: Fred Astaire, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Dick Cavett

Votes: 583

31. In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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80 Metascore

Documentary about the life of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who led the independent film movement of the 1940s.

Director: Martina Kudlácek | Stars: Miriam Arsham, Stan Brakhage, Chao Li Chi, Rita Christiani

Votes: 345 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Self Portrait (1990)

10 min | Short

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Director: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 10

33. Jonas Mekas: I Am Not a Filmmaker (2012 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

7.4
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Jonas Mekas : I am not a Filmmaker is a documentary about one of the most emblematic figures of American Avant-Garde Cinema. Mekas was born on a farm in Lithuania in 1922, and was ... See full summary »

Directors: Pierre-Paul Puljiz, Jerome Sans | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Jerome Sans

Votes: 5

34. He Stands in the Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1986)

124 min | Documentary

7.3
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A film collage tracing the story of the lives, loves, and deaths within the artistic community surrounding Jonas Mekas.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Robert Breer, Alberto Cavalcanti, Richard Foreman

Votes: 40

35. River of Fundament (2014)

319 min | Drama

7.2
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56 Metascore

In 2007, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler began a new collaborative project inspired by American author Norman Mailer's 1983 novel Ancient Evenings, set in pharaonic Egypt. The project ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Barney | Stars: Dave Bald Eagle, Milford Graves, John Buffalo Mailer, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 145 | Gross: $0.04M

36. Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Music

7.2
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66 Metascore

An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

Director: Steven Sebring | Stars: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan

Votes: 905 | Gross: $0.03M

37. Nico Icon (1995)

67 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.2
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A look into the many lives of Christa Päffgen, otherwise known as Nico; from cutie German mädchen to the first of the supermodels, to glamorous diva of the Velvet Underground, to cult item,... See full summary »

Director: Susanne Ofteringer | Stars: Nico, Tina Aumont, Christian Päffgen, Edith Boulogne

Votes: 631 | Gross: $0.21M

38. Mahagonny (1980)

Unrated | 141 min

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A mathematical analysis of Marcel Duchamp's The Large Glass, expressed in terms of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Director: Harry Smith | Stars: Rose Feliu-Pettet, Allen Ginsberg, Lotte Lenya, Jonas Mekas

Votes: 22

39. Jonas Mekas in Kodachrome Days (2009)

4 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Using his trademark flicker method, Ken Jacobs pays homage to the oldest brand of color film, Kodak (whose production was discontinued in 2009) and to Jonas Mekas, who managed to breathe life into Kodak.

Director: Ken Jacobs | Star: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 8

40. The Brig (1964)

Not Rated | 68 min | Drama

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A ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Warren Finnerty, Jim Anderson, Henry Howard, Tom Lillard

Votes: 213

41. Guns of the Trees (1961)

85 min | Drama

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A depressed woman, Barbara, is on the verge of suicide while a man she meets in a church and a married couple try to convince her that life is worth living.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Adolfas Mekas, Frances Stillman, Ben Carruthers, Argus Spear Juillard

Votes: 194

42. Birth of a Nation (1997)

85 min | Documentary

7.1
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Mekas leads an archival avant-garde, a fast-paced parade of 160 underground film people he captured on film over four decades, described as, "160 portraits or rather appearances, sketches ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Kenneth Anger, Michel Auder, Bruce Baillie

Votes: 61

43. The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man (2018)

110 min | Comedy

7.1
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About protesting the industrial world and having fun doing it. An the hapless, possibly Chaplinesque Atom Man and his Queen are the two main characters who come from different backgrounds ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Rice | Stars: Taylor Mead, Winifred Bryan, Julian Beck, Danny Dumbrowski

Votes: 48

44. Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2003)

15 min | Short

7.1
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Footage shot in l950, this is the first movie shoot by Jonas Mekas when he came in New York, in the neighborhood of Brooklin. This is the first time he shoot his new home with his first Bolex.

Director: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 41

45. Report from Millbrook (1966)

Not Rated | 11 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Jonas Mekas' elegant report on a Poughkeepsie police department's raid of Timothy Leary's base-of-operations amply demonstrates the political potential of his diary filmmaking. The film's ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 56

46. Warhol's Cinema 1963-1968: Mirror for the Sixties (1989 TV Movie)

64 min | Documentary

7.1
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Director: Keith Griffiths | Stars: Brigid Berlin, Henry Geldzahler, J. Hoberman, Stephen Koch

Votes: 14

47. Cinéma, de notre temps (1988– )
Episode: Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty (2003)

81 min | Documentary

7.1
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An intimate portrait of Abel Ferrara: an eccentric road movie, with the restless film maker, around New York by night.

Director: Rafi Pitts | Stars: Abel Ferrara, Abenaa Frempong-Boadu, Victor Argo, Marcello Assante

Votes: 95

48. Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground (2018)

78 min | Documentary

7.0
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82 Metascore

Barbara Rubin's twenty-nine-minute experimental film 'Christmas on Earth' caused a sensation when it first screened in New York City in 1963. Its orgy scenes, double projections and ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Smith | Stars: Bob Dylan, Richard Foreman, Allen Ginsberg, Jonas Mekas

Votes: 34

49. Hallelujah the Hills (1963)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

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After courting a woman called Vera for seven years, friends Jack and Leo decide to seclude themselves in the Vermont woods near her home, when she finally decides to accept a third man called Gideon.

Director: Adolfas Mekas | Stars: Peter Beard, Sheila Finn, Martin Greenbaum, Peggy Steffans

Votes: 127

50. Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990)

87 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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A look at the life, work, and impact of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), pop icon and artist, from his childhood in Pittsburgh to his death after a botched surgery. Warhol coined the word "... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Joan Agajanian Quinn, Jean Michel Basquiat, Irving Blum, Stephen Bruce

Votes: 297



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