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It's midnight in a graveyard. The principal characters are spooks, ghosts, bats, bells, and, at the end, the sun. As midnight strikes, 12 spooks appear, then two ghosts. They move to the ... See full summary »
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It's midnight in a graveyard. The principal characters are spooks, ghosts, bats, bells, and, at the end, the sun. As midnight strikes, 12 spooks appear, then two ghosts. They move to the music's rhythm. Against the black night, they are blue and yellow. Bats appear as does a xylophone of bones. Mist rises, spooks swirl. A bell tolls. The sky turns light blue, the ghosts' dance slows. Then black night returns bringing intimations of frenzy. Bones play snare drums; spooks peek out of square graves. Scary faces appear. Frenetic movement takes over. A rooster crows and all return to earth as the sun's light appears. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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30 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an artsy short from the collection "Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941". It consists of lots of art and historical films which the average viewer probably will care less about if they see them.

Unlike most of their films, Mary Ellen Bute and Ted Nemeth are assisted by the young Norman McLaren--before McLaren gained some fame with his shorts he completed for the National Film Board of Canada. The film is set to the music of Saint-Saens and is supposedly about spooks coming out at night in a cemetery--though most of it consists of very vaguely animated objects. All in all, I didn't understand the film's appeal as unlike most art films from this collection, this one actually played at mainstream theaters (such as Radio City Music Hall).


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