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 »
A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition of short straight lines and curves which sprout from the existing design. The ... 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 »
Well made but not exactly a new idea--even in 1936
In the last several months, I have seen FREE RADICALS, A COLOUR BOX, HARPYA and now ALLEGRETTO--all animated shorts that have won many awards and are, in a way, all exactly alike. All feature music (often classical or swing) and various colors and shapes bounce across the screen in perfect rhythm to the music. While all of these are well done, they also are very repetitive and I frankly am going to avoid these types of films in the future--even though I usually have a high tolerance for art films.
Now in ALLEGRETTO's defense, I should point out that it did come before two of the movies lists. However, in 1935, A COLOUR BOX appeared and was probably the best of these films. With ALLEGRETTO coming out only a year later, it does lack originality.
My advice is that if you haven't seen any of these films, by all means try ALLEGRETTO. Just understand that a human being can't live on a steady diet of these sort of pictures.
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