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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!
This short film was released by the British Council in recent years and
it is a curio of an animation based on when and how it was made; it is
also one of those very specific short films where if you took one of
the aspects away, it would leave very little. The animated shapes and
colors dance across the film, not by virtue of a camera but by
direction painting of the celluloid I don't know but one assumes cell
by cell, which must have been painstaking if you think about the amount
of movement and color there was in the short.
A jazzed up version of the Lambeth Walk plays across the 3 minute running time and it is cheering and upbeat, fitting the atmosphere of the images well, but also mostly their movement and pacing, with key changes in the images at certain points fitting the music well. Together they make for an interesting little animation done with an usual and difficult technique, however I am not sure there is too much more reason to watch it some 75 years later other than as a historical curiosity.
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