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Komposition in Blau (1935)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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abstract film | stop motion

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3 May 1935 (Germany)  »

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Composition in Blue  »

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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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Edited into En fargesymfoni i blått (1936) See more »

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Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Overture
(1849)
Music by Otto Nicolai
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Early color film
29 January 2007 | by (San Francisco bay area) – See all my reviews

This is a truly amazing film, very early full color work. It is not Fischinger's first in color, Kreise (1933) a.k.a Circles and Muratti Greift Ein (1934) a.k.a Muratti Marches On (a cigarette commercial) were both in color, but the color may not have been as full as in this film. The music is from the overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai. His wife, Elfreide did a short segment in the middle. The film is mostly colored boxes moving in tight synchronization to the music, at the climax there is some striking painted work that foreshadows some of his great work to come, like Allegretto. This film was a sensation in Germany and the attention brought him a contract with Paramount which allowed him to escape Nazi Germany.


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