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6 July 1923 (France) See more »
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Black and white rectangular images fade in and out of the screen. Their movement make them sometimes look like they're panning from side to side... See more » | Add synopsis »
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FILM IS RHYTHM {Short} (Hans Richter, 1921) ** See more (7 total) »

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FILM IS RHYTHM {Short} (Hans Richter, 1921) **, 15 January 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

This 3-minute "Avant-Garde" short is perhaps the single most inconsequential of the lot. Originally named RHYTHMUS 21 and the seventh of its ilk I had watched in one afternoon (with another to follow, capped by a feature-length film in the same vein!), I jokingly began to refer to it as "Litmus Test"!!

What we get here, basically, is a succession of shapes (rectangles, to be exact), photographed in a way that they move about and 'through' the screen, their zooming in and out suggesting the depth of the frame. One can only surmise that the original intention was to experiment (literally, play around) with the medium…and, if anything (as with a number of these efforts, in fact), a lot depends on the soundtrack chosen to accompany the visuals. In the end, it is safe to assume that I spent more time writing about the movie than actually experiencing it!!

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