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Rhythmus 21 (1921)

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 »

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Hans Richter
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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 white individually change from foreground to background and visa versa. Written by Huggo

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absolute cinema
27 December 2018 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I understand that Hans Richter's "Rhythmus 21" is an example of an absolute film, a genre that consists of shapes overlapping to music. This three-minute short is worth seeing as a historical reference as the start of Richter's Film Ist Rhythm series. It's nothing particularly special. The masterpieces from interwar Germany were "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", "Nosferatu" and "Metropolis".

I wonder which direction the era's cinema would've taken had the Nazis not taken over.


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Germany

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Release Date:

10 May 1925 (Germany) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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