Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2012)

Filmmaker and film activist Pip Chodorov offers this affectionate overview of some of the leading figures of 20th century experimental film. Narrating in a personal and plainspoken manner ("I'd like you to meet some of my friends… More

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Release Date: August 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A pleasant ramble through little-known cinematic territory.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Aspires to no less a feat of compression than surveying, in 80 minutes, 10 decades of the filmmaking practice that has variously been described as experimental, nonnarrative, underground, etc.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Breezy overview of classic cinematic avant garde will be best appreciated by established fans.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

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.

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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

A worthy baptism for those unacquainted with the genre but less fulfilling, perhaps, for the pre-converted eager to experience more.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

There are simply too many obvious condensations and omissions in the course of the meager 82-minute running time ...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A playful and audacious homage documentary to the pioneering and economically hard-pressed avant-garde filmmakers from the silents to the present.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A survey of 90 years of abstract experimental film (mostly the kind where they scratch into or paint directly on the celluloid), from its Dadaist origins to its… More