A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition of short straight lines and curves which sprout from the existing design. The ... See full summary »
A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »
Two people stand on a road, out of focus. Seen distorted through a glass, they retire upstairs to a bedroom where she undresses. He says, "Adieu." Images: the beautiful girl, a starfish in ... See full summary »
Kiki of Montparnasse,
André de la Rivière,
A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as ... See full summary »
Black and white rectangular images fade in and out of the screen. Their movement make them sometimes look like they're panning from side to side. Their movement also make the black and ... See full summary »
IMDb lists this little film at 7 minutes, but all the versions I saw only run for 4. I don't think anything is missing though, it is just sped-up. "Filmstudie" is not among Hans Richter's earliest works, but still fairly early in his career. Yet you can see progress. This one may still be silent and black-and-white, but there's more to it than squares moving. There is also eyes and faces this time and it certainly takes the entire thing to a completely new level. It is still very experimental and I am not a great fan, but you can see the creative approach with which Richter made the colors, even if it is only the 2 extremes, leave an impact. One of Richter's better works, but still overall, it's nothing for general audiences, just worth a watch for film historians.
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