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Danse macabre (1922)

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The Black Plague is ravaging Spain. As Camille Saint-Saëns's "Danse Macabre" plays on the soundtrack, a mix of animation and acted scenes tells the story of Youth and Love meeting one night... See full summary »

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Youth
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The Black Plague is ravaging Spain. As Camille Saint-Saëns's "Danse Macabre" plays on the soundtrack, a mix of animation and acted scenes tells the story of Youth and Love meeting one night. They dance, embrace, and kiss. As the night wears on, exuberant Death, a skeletal figure with a violin, pursues the couple. They try to elude him. Eventually, Love swoons. Youth is powerless to protect her. Is she doomed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Though filmed during the silent era, the film's intended accompaniment was Danse macabre, Op. 40, by Camille Saint-Saëns. The director also pledged "a mysterious contraption (apparently of his own invention)" that would sync the film's projection to whatever live accompaniment was used - orchestra, organ, or piano roll. See more »

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Silent art short.
20 January 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

How odd to find Olin Howland, later co star of John Wayne and Olsen and Johnson in a deaths head, playing violin in this dance and animation short from the twenties.

He's right in his element too.

The rest is less than brilliant but makes an interesting novelty, surviving in a good tinted copy.

Included in the "Unseen Cinema" compilation.

The weather here is changeable but I'm told that the rain is helping water levels.

Best wishes to all my readers.


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