Against a dark background, several bright, curved or rounded shapes pulse towards the center of the screen, one at a time. They are followed by many other shapes, some irregular, some ... See full summary »
Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »
A man sleeps fitfully then dreams that a lovely woman is sitting at the foot of his bed. He reaches to embrace her and she becomes a minstrel, then Pierrot. The clown gestures to the moon ... See full summary »
This is "Opus 2", the second from the series of Walter Ruttmann's Opus short films. It runs for 4 minutes and does not feature the colorful shapes from the first, but instead the animation is slightly better in terms of shapes and movements. I thought this one starts slowly, but becomes an acceptable watch around the 1-minute mark. Still, it is not on a level that I would recommend it, but there is also worse stuff out there, especially from around that era. Nonetheless, it was still a long way to go for animation, especially in Germany which still has not really been outstanding ever unfortunately and always far far behind the American efforts. I cannot recommend "Opus II".
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