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Filmstudie (1926)

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Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads.

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Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads.

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4 December 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

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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