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Len Lye (1901–1980)

Len Lye was born on July 5, 1901 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is known for Crusade in Europe (1949), N or NW (1938) and Stardust (1938). He was married to Annette Zeiss and Jane Florence Winifred Thompson. He died on May 15, 1980 in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

N or NW Director
Stardust Special Effects
Kaleidoscope Director


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 1966 Particles in Space (Short)
 1958 Free Radicals (Short)
 1958 Prime Time (Short)
 1958 Tal Farlow (Short)
 1957 Rhythm (Short)
 1957 All Souls Carnival (Short)
 1953 Life's Musical Minute (Short)
 1952 Color Cry (Short)
 1949 Crusade in Europe (TV Series documentary) (25 episodes)
- Review (1949)
- Russia (1949)
 1942 Kill or Be Killed (Documentary short)
 1942 Newspaper Train (Short) (as Lye)
 1942 Musical Poster Number One (Short)
 1941 When the Pie Was Opened (Short) (as Lye)
 1940 Swinging the Lambeth Walk (Short)
 1939 Colour Flight (Short)
 1938 N or NW (Short)
 1937 Full Fathom Five (Short)
 1937 Trade Tattoo (Short)
 1936 Rainbow Dance (Short)
 1936 The Birth of the Robot (Short) (uncredited)
 1935 Kaleidoscope (Short)
 1935 A Colour Box (Short)
 1933 Experimental Animation 1933 (Short) (uncredited)
 1929 Tusalava (Short)
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Painter and sculptor, heavily influenced by Polynesian art, after living for some time in the South Pacific. With backing from the London Film Society, he made both animated and live action documentaries and short publicity films in the 1940's. Settled in the U.S. in 1944.

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