The film's soundtrack is an original musical composition produced with synthetic sound - through photographing unusual geometric shapes and running them through an optical sound head. The ... See full summary »
Lines: Horizontal is a movie made by etching lines directly onto film, like its sister Lines: Vertical. The entire movie consists of horizontal lines dancing in various mathematical patterns to beautiful music.
From the opening credits: "An experimental film (...) made without camera, by drawing directly upon 35 mm film with an ordinary pen and ink." Various abstract shapes interact and transform into one another.
Perhaps the only film whose content is totally based on the musical form known as canon. The first sequence is a simple demonstration of the canon "Frere Jacques" where four cubes dance and... See full summary »
Sadly the movement of the spheres detracts from what have been a wonderful installation piece
To the music of Bach, Norman McLaren has animated a set of constantly moving and splitting spheres against a never-ending and moving sky. To me it sounded like it must be a beautiful thing to see but sadly the limitations of the animation mean that it is just interesting more than beautiful. The main barrier for me was the spheres themselves because I wanted them to move smoothly with a flow to them. Instead they jutter around in a way that I found a touch difficult to watch and in contrast with both the sky and music. The sky effects were good and I do think that had the spheres not been distracting me in the foreground, more could have been brought from that to further compliment the music which needless to say is quite beautiful.
It is a shame because not only was I looking forward to seeing this animated short but also, lets be honest, one always likes to be seen "appreciating" art particularly when that appreciation is on the net for all to see and marvel at one's intelligence. Sadly I can't be that guy (on this occasion) because to say I loved it would not be true. I can see what might have been at the time but the same animation that raises the potential also undoes it by being too clunky when smoothness was called for.
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