A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »
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 »
The original 1936 version of this film made by Oskar Fischinger for Paramount Studios is lost. The version that exists is a remake from 1943, made after Fischinger paid Paramount to buy back the rights to his material, using some of the original animation cels, with others repainted by Fischinger for the remake. The now-lost original film was shot in Technicolor but the remake used Gasparcolor because that was the process Fischinger could afford. See more »
I'm afraid I know nothing about Fischinger, although his name often crops up as a pioneer of abstract animation, so I can only enjoy this short as a sensual experience, but what a sensual experience. The title is a musical expression (meaning to play a piece quite quickly), and the film visualises a piece of big band jazz by Ralph Rainger. Beginning with ordered concentric circles, ALLEGRETTO follows the music with elaborate firework-like patterns exploding the screen, specifically diamonds, amid a riot of colour. The music, probably conservative enough on its own, begins to sound urgent and hysterical with this visual barrage, which, while highly ordered and geometric, seems violently unstable. I am sure there are deep aesthetic and philosophical reasons for this, but as an exercise in colour and line, it is a thrilling treat.
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