Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film Image
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  • Summary: This feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema. Achieving the near-impossible task of doing justice in a mere 82 minutes to thisThis feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema. Achieving the near-impossible task of doing justice in a mere 82 minutes to this incredibly rich, varied, and expansive domain, Free Radicals is as expertly constructed an introduction to the topic. (Anthology Film Archives) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 2, 2012
    70
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 31, 2012
    70
    Chodorov follows the first-person tradition accordingly, entering the subject through his own early immersion in these films via his father, television presenter Stephen Chodorov.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 31, 2012
    60
    The haphazardness of the film's structure mutes the power of the subjects' recollections.
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