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Tarantella (1940)

| Animation, Short
Abstract animation illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition. Two dots - one blue and one orange - appear most often, sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes overlapping. ... See full summary »
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Abstract animation illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition. Two dots - one blue and one orange - appear most often, sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes overlapping. When the sounds become more staccato, so do the images: wavy lines become squiggles, short nail-like lines go across the screen in rows. The result is a visual representation of abstract music, lively and spirited in spite of its link to a dance composed to sweat out the poisons of a spider bite. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Originating in Naples, Italy, the tarantella was a fast dance believed to cure the tarantula's poisonous bite. See more »

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Another odd little short from Mary Ellen Bute and Ted Nemeth.
30 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an art film from a collection entitled "Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941". It consists of lots of art films that are of probably little interest to the average viewer--art lovers and cinemaniacs excepted! "Tarantella" is a dance named after the spider. However, this film isn't about spiders. It consists of piano music (not the pleasant kind) as objects flash and appear on the screen. The commentary on the films indicated that Mary Ellen Bute and Ted Nemeth were influenced by Kandinsky--and you can see this through their use of geometric shapes (particularly circles). It's really impossible to give this film a numerical score--it's weird and hard to put into words.


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