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Surreal Short
3 November 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Free Radicals (1958)

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Len Lye isn't a very well-known name and I'd say 99.9% of the mainstream public won't know who he is. This short is perhaps one of his best known works to the small minority who do know the filmmaker and the history of this thing is pretty incredible. Basically Lye took some film and scratched it. Yes, that's pretty much what the entire four minute is but it's not just any random scratches. It's clear that Lye had a vision and just check out the credits and how they are presented here. They certainly make you stand up and pay attention to what's going on. The entire running time we're basically given a black screen with scratches and I'm sure many will wonder what the point of this is. Is this film going to be viewed by the masses? Is it grand entertainment that is a must see for film buffs? Not really on either account but at the same time it's certainly something different and fans of the surreal should at least find it worth viewing.


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