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H2O (1929)

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A study on water, the reflections and motions of the liquid that accentuates its ethereality and metallic beauty.

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The first half is a look at water rushing, pouring from a pipe, spouting, falling, moving, and churning. The second half presents reflections, particularly how patterns appear in water as it is moved by breezes or other small forces. Wavy lines appear on the surface as if dividing the frame; swirls, too, do the same, bringing animation to the images. Donald Sosin's piano adds an airy quality to the images. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Great Avant-Garde Short
9 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

H2O (1929)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This avant-garde film from director Rob Steiner was selected to the National Film Registry and it's this honor that got the film some much needed attention. The twelve-minute film has a pretty simple execution and that's to show as many forms of water as possible. Meaning, you might see a lake, a pond or water splashing in a tub or you may see various images reflected off the water. You see it rain, coming from a faucet and various other forms. You might wonder who would want to look at water for twelve straight minutes but the film is actually very well done and almost comes off like a surreal dream or some sort of poetic exercise in images. I think some of the best moments deal with the reflections because the images almost come off like animation or something that just seems so fake yet you know it's all real. Another great part was when we see various objects floating in the water. Steiner does a very good job at editing the scenes together and make no mistake this isn't some simple film with a bunch of images thrown together. That there could have been a mess but instead you can tell that a lot of thought went into the movie and it easily shows.


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