A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi's "Winter" movement of "The Four Seasons" plays. Heavy red filters... See full summary »
A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi's "Winter" movement of "The Four Seasons" plays. Heavy red filters give a blue cast to the light; water plays across stone, and fountains send it into the air. No words are spoken. Baroque statuary and the sensuous flow of water are back lit. Anger calls it "water games." Written by
A stunning water garden is the empyrean setting for this film, one of the director's strongest works. The ceaseless motion of liquid in an elaborate fountain-system is given close study as jets, streams and droplets dance madly to classical music. The high contrast black and white filming is effective, creating a beautiful free-form chiaroscuro from these simplest of images. The water itself becomes animated, imparting moods that shift to the rise-and-fall of the music...lilt and wintry one moment, majestic and powerful the next. A shadowy figure in period costume moves intermittently through the scenery, adding even further mystique to the proceedings.
Mesmerizing in its organic beauty, this short film is a small masterwork. 9/10
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