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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Anti-films are experimental films that do not respect the rules of fictional film. The early films of Andy Warhol are a good example. He forces us to watch a sleeping man during five hours in Sleep (1963) or shows us a eight hours and five minutes of continuous real time footage of a static Empire State Building in Empire (1964); Chris Marker, who made a film out of filmed photographic stills in La Jetée (1962).

The first anti-films were by the Lettrists: Treatise on Slime and Eternity (1950) by Isidore Isou, L'Anticoncept (1952) by Wolman and Guy Debord's Howlings in Favour of de Sade (1952) were the first films to dispense with narrative altogether.

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