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Trade Tattoo (1937)

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Trade Tattoo is Len Lye's most entertaining work
13 December 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Trade Tattoo is one of Len Lye's most entertaining experimental shorts. Placed against documentary footage and silhouettes of various trains and workers quickly mailing various packages, it's a kaleidescope of images with various typed-words printed on screen like: "The rhythm of trade is maintained by the mails" over and over again. With music by the Lecuona Band, you can't help but be overwhelmed by all the collage of images that Lye bombards you with. Having been intrigued by Cartoon Brew's item of Lye's The Peanut Vendor on YouTube, I had to see the rest of his work just to find how innovative he really was. I'm very glad I did and I highly recommend to anyone who loves the experimental to seek all of Lye's work out!


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