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A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970
 (From Trailers from Hell. 5 October 2015, 8:14 PM, PDT)

Kenneth Anger @ 85
 (From MUBI. 2 February 2012, 6:25 AM, PST)

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Carmilla Salvatorelli ... Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Anger  (as Anger)
Produced by
Kenneth Anger .... producer
Cinematography by
Kenneth Anger 
Film Editing by
Kenneth Anger 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thad Lovett .... assistant camera


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Watching this made Martin Scorsese appreciate the importance of music in a film.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Meditation on the simple beauty of moving water., 1 April 2004
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

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 with 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...a small masterwork. 9/10

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