6.9/10
163
2 user 1 critic

Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1940)

A film made without a camera by painting directly onto the celluloid.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rainbow Dance (1936)
Short | Musical | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The film was made by colorful printing of footage combined with drawing directly on film. The bouncy music drives home the message heard at the end of the film, promoting the GPO (General ... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye
Stars: Rupert Doone
A Colour Box (1935)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

Director: Len Lye
Free Radicals (1958)
Animation | Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Display the graph that follows traditional African music's voice strains of sway, between music and graphics so mix and so gave the impression of beauty in the melting pot of musical art and graphics.

Director: Len Lye
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A film diary divided into three episodes. The first part reflects Jonas Mekas of his time as emigrant in 50th century New York, after leaving the home country of Lithuania. The second part ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas
Stars: Jonas Mekas, Adolfas Mekas, Pola Chapelle
Schwechater (1958)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A short film originally intended to be a commercial for Schwechater Beer, but along the way it morphed into something completely different.

Director: Peter Kubelka
Atlantis (2014)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The mystery of Atlantis is always alive. In this movie is a presentation of the Ancient Sings and Teachings of Atlantis according to ancient scripts. This movie is a presentation of these ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Russell
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

From a surreal paradise a shower of oil revives the thirsty cars and creatures.

Director: Len Lye
Color Cry (1952)
Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Len Lye
N or NW (1938)
Comedy | Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Correspondence between young lovers nearly ends in disaster through a mistake in postal district. Fortunately the GPO spots the error and all ends will, but with the moral that ... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye
Stars: Evelyn Corbett, Dwight Godwin
Rhythmus 21 (1923)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Black and white rectangular images fade in and out of the screen. Their movement make them sometimes look like they're panning from side to side. Their movement also make the black and ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Richter
Trade Tattoo (1937)
Short | Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Abstract animation drawn directly on Technicolor film, some with underlying real life footage of unrelated subjects. Various colorful shapes and patterns move and interact, set to upbeat music.

Director: Len Lye
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The artist, Antonio Lopez, tries to paint the quince tree he planted some time back in his garden. Throughout his life, he has worked on the same theme many times, almost as if it were a ... See full summary »

Director: Víctor Erice
Stars: Antonio López, María Moreno, Enrique Gran
Edit

Storyline

A film made without a camera by painting directly onto the celluloid.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Short

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Release Date:

February 1940 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

(Dufaycolour)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Lambeth Walk
Music by Noel Gay
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Swinging the Lambeth Walk is another unusual Len Lye animation short
14 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Another Len Lye animated short which has paint abstracted directly on film. The music is, as usual, an excellent score for its period. It begins and ends with a silhouette of a hand with its thumb pointed up. I guess all I can say after having seen so many of these Len Lye shorts on YouTube is if you've got a taste for the unusual, or the possibly bizarre, or a collage of colors, white lines, and shadows, if you don't mind seeing something that makes you think you're in some kind of mind trip, then anything by Len Lye should be what you're looking for. Swinging the Lambeth Walk can be one of the most trippiest experiences you've ever have without taking any controlled substances. So by all means, seek this one out!


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Kevin Smith's Top 3 Sundance Movies in 90 Seconds

Kevin Smith reveals his favorite Sundance movies of all time. Plus, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz shares some "secret" information about his new spy-thriller series, "Counterpart."

Watch now