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Four in the Afternoon

USA, 1951 (MIFF 1953, Experimental Films)

Director: James Broughton

Selecting four short poems from his book, Musical Chairs, Broughton arranges them into a form of lyric suite with haunting visuals that expand and comment on the poetic texts. Each has its own style, a variation on the theme of the quest for love.

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