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Light Rhythms (1931)

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Light plays over the surfaces of paper cut-outs, abstract shapes with curved lines. The movement of the light (which are small spots) speeds up, following the rhythms of the piano ... See full summary »

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Light plays over the surfaces of paper cut-outs, abstract shapes with curved lines. The movement of the light (which are small spots) speeds up, following the rhythms of the piano accompaniment. A small spot opens and closes; Shadows sometimes dominate. The lights, movement, and music take on a mechanical mood. Then, the opening images return. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Unusual....
25 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is just one of many strange films from the DVD collection "Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941" and it's from Disc 3. Apparently Francis Bruguière was an artist of the time known for cutting and folding paper to make abstract shapes--which you just have to see to appreciate. Oswell Blakeston, I believe, used lighting and a camera to give a sense of motion to the works. Since it was made in 1931 and was an art film, I assume it did not originally come with a musical score--which was included on the disc. It's not exactly my cup of tea, but art films aren't necessarily concerned with appealing to the masses--which will not occur with "Light and Rhythms". And, because it was not the least bit geared towards being a commercial film, it really defies rating here on IMDb. Unusual to say the least.


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