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This is an abstract film in which every motion is in strict synchronization with music, so the description must be read in terms of the overall impression it gives. Within a deep blue environment, one red cube slowly drifts on a reflecting floor. Suddenly there are multiple red cubes drifting and dancing in various formations. Over the course of the film the angularity of square shapes are transformed into circular and cylindrical shapes. The climax of the film features a multitude of these shapes in Busby Berkeley-like formation, as various circular figures grow and disappear among a simulated sky, with the blue colors giving way to red. Written by Bob Kosovsky <bkosovsky@nypl.org>

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3 May 1935 (Germany)  »

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Composition in Blue  »

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(Gasparcolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Fischinger created the images and movement to correspond with the music. This technique of working from the music to the image is called "mickeymousing". See more »

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Featured in Tunguska - Die Kisten sind da (1984) See more »

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Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Overture
(1849)
Music by Otto Nicolai
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Joyous Perfection!
17 October 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film just makes you HAPPY! Completely 3D animated using solidly coloured geometric shapes and flat cut-outs (real ones, not CGI), and precisely synched with a bubbly, orchestrated sound track, COMPOSITION IN BLUE not only stands as a definite high- point in the career of Oscar Fischinger, but still stands out amongst anything in the history of animation itself. Brilliant, fun, technically perfect (and I mean PERFECT!), and wildly imaginative, it not only serves up a completely unique vision, but succeeds in creating a "world" where that vision lives in the eye and mind of the viewer long after it has ended. Stunning! 10/10!


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