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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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7 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

I really enjoy what is called "avant garde" cinema. It seems that much of what cinema was for much of its earlier years (and by that I mean the first five or six decades) was largely just a stage show captured for film. And that is not a bad thing, but really doesn't allow film to become its own medium -- the camera must be used in new ways to make us see what we could not with just watching a play.

This short, although animation, does that to some extent, in making us see sounds and hear colors. And we are given a mental image -- this music is to help us shake off the bite of a tarantula! We never really see the dance or the tarantula, but are left to envision it for ourselves.


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