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Big Cinema, Small Cinema #43: Repeat of Cinema 16’s “The Children’s Cinema #1”

The revival of Cinema 16's first "Children's Cinema" program from 1958 traces a historical trail also followed by Big Cinema, Small Cinema, a program in which children watch experimental cinema over and over again. In Lotte Reiniger’s silhouette film THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER (1954), a grasshopper gets insects to dance in a meadow of flowers. In PARADE (1952), Charles and Ray Eames create a musical pageant with colorful backdrops: Kinetic toys, richly decorated puppets, and papier-mâché figures come to life. Shirley Clarke’s IN PARIS PARKS (1954) takes us to real locations and follows children playing in picturesque parks. A rush of color is guaranteed by Len Lye's partially hand-painted film RAINBOW DANCE (1936), which shows a dancer on the move. In THE BALLOONATIC (1923), the comic Buster Keaton is put to the test on water, land and in the air. For all those aged five and above. (9/26) (sts)