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A Colour Box (1935)

Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

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1.37 : 1
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Artistically, lovely; commercially of only limited appeal
12 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is an art film and a nice little experiment. However, since it is only an art film and makes no attempt to be mainstream or tap into what audiences usually like, I doubt if the average person will care much about A COLOUR BOX, no matter how difficult it must have been to make.

The film consists of lots of colors splashed directly onto celluloid and they are done in a pop art style--almost like something Peter Max or Leroy Nieman would make. The colors dance and move about to the sound of Cuban band music. It's all rather hypnotic and weird.

By the way, three years after being made, the film was bought and a message about parcel post was added rather crudely. I am not sure if a version without this message is available--the one I saw had it and I would think it would be more interesting without the more poorly animated ad.


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