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Ballet mécanique (1924)

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A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »

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A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, kitchen objects in concentric circles or rows - pots, pan lids, and funnels, cars passing overhead, a spinning carnival ride. Over and over, a heavy-set woman climbs stairs carrying a large bag on her shoulder. An Art Deco cartoon figure appears, dancing. This is a world in motion, dominated by mechanical and repetitive images, with a few moments of solitude in a garden. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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24 September 1924 (Austria)  »

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Balet mechaniczny  »

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George Antheil wrote the score for this film, but due to various disagreements - including that Antheil's original version of the music ran 30 minutes while the film was only 16 minutes - the film was premiered without the original music. The film and music were first shown together on 25 August 2000 in Antwerp, Belgium, at the Cultuurmarkt van Vlaanderen. The film print with music was created by Paul Lehrman. See more »

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Ballet Mecanique
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Fascinating study in Dadaism, but one warning.
15 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a remarkably groundbreaking film, and an extraordinary work, but before you hunt it up and watch it, there is one thing you should be warned about. If you're migraine-prone, or seizure prone, *don't.* There are a lot of flashing lights and swirling images, and the entire thing reminds me of the sorts of dreams I'd often have, as a child, when I had a high fever. Which isn't *bad,* at all, unless you're like members of my family and even seeing images of that nature can trigger a migraine (or a seizure!) This is just something to bear in mind before you begin watching, because while the film's not *intended* to make you feel comfortable, for some people the discomfort level could actually intrude on their health.


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