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Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)

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Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, BWV 1048
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Passion and Patience
2 October 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

From time to time we are reminded of the sheer power of the creative human spirit, and the commitment that some are able to give to that part of ourselves; Motion Painting No. 1, by Oskar Fischinger, is a brilliant example of that SPIRIT in all 11 minutes of it's cinematic glory!

This experimental film is a study of an abstract painting as it grows out of the mind and soul of the artist and filmmaker. Painstakingly hand-painted in a Impressionist pixel-point style over a period of 9 months (!), and equally laboriously stop-animated, Fischinger captures not only the wonderful decision-making process of the artist at work, but the "life" that the work itself takes on as it changes and grows. Use of color, patterns, and pacing compliment and clash with one another before the viewer's eyes and lead one into an impossible world that seems none-the-less real, and all the more engaging for seeming to just be made of pure MAGIC!

10/10 Breathtaking and awe-inspiring!


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