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Len Lye (1901–1980)

Len Lye was born on July 5, 1901 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is known for his work on Free Radicals (1958), A Colour Box (1935) and Rainbow Dance (1936). He was married to Annette Zeiss and Jane Florence Winifred Thompson. He died on May 15, 1980 in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA. See full bio »

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Free Radicals
Free Radicals Director
A Colour Box
A Colour Box Director
Rainbow Dance
Rainbow Dance Director
Trade Tattoo
Trade Tattoo Director


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 1966 Particles in Space (Short)
 1958 Free Radicals (Short)
 1958 Tal Farlow (Short)
 1957 Rhythm (Short)
 1952 Color Cry (Short)
 1949 Crusade in Europe (TV Series documentary) (5 episodes)
- Russia (1949)
- The Air War (1949)
 1942 Kill or Be Killed (Documentary short)
 1942 Newspaper Train (Short) (as Lye)
 1941 When the Pie Was Opened (Short) (as Lye)
 1940 Musical Poster Number One (Short)
 1940 Swinging the Lambeth Walk (Short)
 1938 N or NW (Short)
 1937 Colour Flight (Short)
 1937 Full Fathom Five (Short)
 1937 Trade Tattoo (Short)
 1936 Rainbow Dance (Short)
 1936 The Birth of the Robot (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 A Colour Box (Short)
 1935 Kaleidoscope (Short)
 1929 Tusalava (Short)
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Painter and sculptor, heavily influenced by Polynesian art, after living for some time in the South Pacific. With backing from the London Film Society, he made both animated and live action documentaries and short publicity films in the 1940's. Settled in the U.S. in 1944.

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