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Watson, James S. (James Sibley) 1894-1982

Overview
Works: 110 works in 170 publications in 3 languages and 3,150 library holdings
Genres: Silent films  Experimental films  Short films  Drama  Film adaptations  Surrealist films  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Anthology films  Horror films 
Roles: Director, Photographer, Producer, Author, Restager , Performer
Classifications: PN1995.9.E96, 791.4375
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by James S Watson
Avant-garde : experimental cinema of the 1920s and '30s by Bret Wood( Visual )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally produced as individual silent motion pictures in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States, these twenty-five short films epitomize the avant garde movement of the 1920's and 1930's. The films are drawn from the collection assembled by Raymond Rohauer, one of the nation's foremost proponents of experimental cinema, founder of the Hollywood Film Society, and longtime programmer at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. Rohauer helped preserve and promote avant-garde cinema, and these films from his personal archive are some of the most influential and eclectic short films made during the 20th Century
Avant-garde. experimental cinema, 1922-1954( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long before home video there flourished an alternative cinema culture on college campuses and around art theaters, where foreign film fare was often accompanied by a short subject. As reliable 16mm film equipment became available to non-professionals, artists independent of film centers began experimenting with cinema. Serious film societies sprang up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, holding semi-private screenings of non-commercial artistic films. For years, these pictures have been exhibited only in infrequent museum screenings, if at all. This collection is of mainly American pictures, principally one-man artistic endeavors made from little more than an artist's desire to express feelings with a camera
Avant-garde. experimental cinema, 1928-1954( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally produced as individual silent or sound motion pictures in the United States, Germany, and France, these seventeen short films epitomize the development of experimental film from the 1920's through the 1950's. The films are drawn from the collection assembled by Raymond Rohauer, one of the nation's foremost proponents of experimental cinema, founder of the Hollywood Film Society, and longtime programmer at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. Rohauer helped preserve and promote avant-garde cinema, and these films from his personal archive are some of the most influential and eclectic short films made during the 20th Century
Lot in Sodom by James S Watson( Visual )

12 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This silent film, directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber and featuring Friederich Haak, Hildegarde Watson, and Dorthea House, is based on the Bible's Sodom and Gomorrah story
Unseen cinema( Visual )

1 edition published in 1933 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

INVERTED NARRATIVES is part of the retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. The second most well known collaborative experimental art film production helmed by the avant-gardist duo J.S. Watson, Jr. and Melville Webber produces an exemplary work of experimental cinema. Artfully illustrating "Genesis 19:8", the filmmakers over-sex the screen with lusciously lit bodies and dynamic camera-printer effects. Approaching visual music, the hybrid of sound and image concludes with the fiery demise of Sodom. The biblical illusions are so well crafted that the explicit scenes avoided censor and continue to resonate a meaningful poetry for modern audiences. --BRUCE POSNER James Sibley [J.S.] Watson, Jr. was regarded as a Renaissance man in each of his chosen fields: medical doctor and researcher, man of letters, preservationist, philanthropist, and filmmaker. After graduating medical school, Watson bought and published "The Dial" between 1920-29, a literary journal founded by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1840. By the mid-1920s, he became fascinated with motion pictures and produced a striking series of films, "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1927), "Tomatos Another Day" (1930), and "The Eyes of Science" (1931) among others. --JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK / BRUCE POSNER. Melville Webber pursued parallel careers in art history, archeology, poetry, art, and motion pictures. He is primarily known for collaborating on films with Watson, but he also assisted Mary Ellen Bute with "Rhythm in Light" (1934). Soon after, his fortunes shifted, and he suffered a nervous breakdown from which he never fully recovered. --BRUCE POSNER
Unseen cinema( Visual )

1 edition published in 1928 and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Filmed in a Rochester, New York, carriage house, this expressionist film is the earliest live-action dramatic film made by a collaboration of poets and artists in the United States. Watson devised the optical effects that distinguish the film, while Webber provided its visual design, based upon medieval frescoes. --ROBERT A. HALLER. Born to wealth, James Sibley "J.S." Watson, Jr. was considered a Renaissance man in each of his chosen fields: medical doctor and researcher, man of letters, preservationist, philanthropist, and filmmaker. After graduating medical school, Watson bought and published The Dial between 1920-29, a literary journal founded by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1840. By the mid-1920s, he became fascinated with motion pictures and produced a striking series of films: "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1927), "Tomatos Another Day" (1930) and "The Eyes of Science" (1931) among others. --JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK / BRUCE POSNER. Melville Webber pursued parallel careers in art history, archeology, poetry, art, and motion pictures. He is primarily known for collaborating on films with Watson, but he also assisted Mary Ellen Bute with "Rhythm in Light" (1934). Soon after, his fortunes shifted, and he suffered a nervous breakdown from which he never recovered. --BRUCE POSNER. 35mm 1.33:1 black and white silent with music 24fps 13:10 minutes. Music added later: Alec Wilder
Unseen cinema( Visual )

1 edition published in 1930 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. A film designed to show the absurdity of talkies that recorded action in pictures with unnecessary explanations of the action recorded in sound. Film was shown for one night in a Boston theater but not appreciated by the audience. Harold Lloyd, directed by Sennett, might have brought it off. --J.S. WATSON, JR.Watson's 1930/1933 avant-garde film is a unique example of Dadaist aesthetics in early sound cinema. A minimalist and virtually expressionless acting style on a claustrophobic set characterizes the melodramatic love triangle. Watson considered the film a failure, though it appears extremely modern today, and he suppressed its existence. --JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK Born to wealth, James Sibley "J.S." Watson, Jr. was considered a Renaissance man in each of his chosen fields: medical doctor and researcher, man of letters, preservationist, philanthropist, and filmmaker. After graduating medical school, Watson bought and published "The Dial" between 1920-29, a literary journal founded by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1840. By the mid-1920s, he became fascinated with motion pictures and produced a striking series of films: "The Fall of the House of Usher "(1927), "Tomatos Another Day" (1930), and "The Eyes of Science" (1931), among others. --JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK / BRUCE POSNER. Alternate title: "Tomatos Another Day", "It Never Happened". 35mm 1.20:1 black and white sound 6:43 minutes. Courtesy: James Sibley Watson Jr., Nancy Watson Dean
Salome by Richard Strauss( Visual )

8 editions published between 1923 and 2006 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salomé (74 min.): Salomé dances for King Herod and demands that the head of John the Baptist be brought to her on a platter
Masterworks of American avant-garde experimental film, 1920-1970( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 37 restored avant-garde films from some of the most acclaimed names of American avant-garde filmmaking
Avant-garde. experimental cinema, 1928-1954( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of 17 experimental films continues Kino's tribute to the Rohauer Collection
Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Rip : music for experimental film( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Innovative and influential musicians Tom Verlaine and Jimmy Rip team up to reawaken the spirit of the avant-garde. To films drawn from the collection assembled by Raymond Rohauer, Verlaine and Rip perform newly composed musical scores. There is a wide variation of tempos and style in both films and music, with some pieces ambient in tone, while others are quick-paced, abstract, serene, or intense. Surprisingly modern, these experimental art films from the 1920s and their new soundtracks make for an entertaining voyage into the cinematic past
American avant-garde shorts : dream of a rarebit fiend ; Salome ; the fall of the house of Usher ; the bridge ; Lot in Sodom( Visual )

in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dream of a rarebit fiend presents a man who eats rarebit and then has nightmares in which inanimate objects come to life and his bed flies off with him. -- Salome stars the famous dancer Alla Nazimova. -- The fall of the house of Usher is a version of Edgar Allan Poe's tale. It stresses atmosphere by optical distortions, multiple exposures, and dramatic lighting. - - The bridge is Charles Vidor's experimental version of Ambrose Bierce's "An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". -- Lot in Sodom is an experimental telling of the Old Testament story in terms of homosexuality and the subconscious
Sanctus and other films( Visual )

2 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of Hammer's short experimental films, each portraying a body in need of protection on a polluted planet where immune system disorders proliferate, including the film Sanctus, which incorporates the motion x-rays originally shot by James Sibley Watson to portray a human body as prone to deterioration as film emulsion
Avant-garde 3 : experimental cinema, 1922-1954( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long before home video there flourished an alternative cinema culture on college campuses and around art theaters, where foreign film fare was often accompanied by a short subject. As reliable 16mm film equipment became available to non-professionals, artists independent of film centers began experimenting with cinema. Serious film societies sprang up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, holding semi-private screenings of non-commercial artistic films. For years, these pictures have been exhibited only in infrequent museum screenings, if at all. This collection is of mainly American pictures, principally one-man artistic endeavors made from little more than an artist's desire to express feelings with a camera
Salomé ; Lot in Sodom( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salomé (74 min.): Salomé dances for King Herod and demands that the head of John the Baptist be brought to her on a platter
Avant garde : experimental cinema of the 1920s and '30s : films from the Raymond Rohauer collection( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and Multiple languages and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-four short films selected from the avant garde movement of the 1920's and 1930's
Queer as film( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of four gay erotic films. Un chant d'amour is an exploration of lust and desire among prisoners in solitary confinement and their warden. Lot in Sodom is a trip to the Old Testament city before its destruction. In Yes! a young man hiking through the woods has an erotic encounter at a fountain. 24 boys per second is a montage of gay erotic images
Salomé : an historical phantasy by Oscar Wilde( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This silent film, directed by Charles Bryant and Alla Nazimova and featuring Mitchell Lewis, Alla Nazimova, and Rose Dione, is based on the Bible story in which a dance procures the head of John the Baptist
The devil's plaything : American surrealism( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Edwin S. Porter and other early filmmakers used bizarre sets, fantastic costumes, and magic lantern tricks to illuminate their fantasy films. American parody supplied Douglas Fairbanks with enough unusual material to produce the truly surreal When the clouds roll by (1919). The expressionistic Cabinet of Dr. Calagari (1919) influenced American sensibilities throughout the 1920s as seen in Beggar on horseback (1925), The life and death of 9413-a Hollywood extra (1927) and The telltale heart (1928). The emphasis shifted when amateurs J.S. Watson, Jr., Joseph Cornell, and Orson Welles crafted a unique variety of American surrealism on film unfettered by European concerns"--Container
La chute de la maison Usher by Jean Epstein( Visual )

11 editions published between 1928 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extends the boundaries of film expressionism with its heavy atmosphere, its stripped, severe lyricism, and deliberate use of the morbid tale by Edgar Allen Poe. Originally shot silent, the Alex Wilder music was added later
 
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Alternative Names
James Sibley Watson Amerikaans arts (1894-1982)

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