7.0/10
498
7 user 2 critic

Komposition in Blau (1935)

This is an abstract film in which every motion is in strict synchronization with music, so the description must be read in terms of the overall impression it gives. Within a deep blue ... See full summary »

Director:

Oskar Fischinger
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Hunger (1974)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Cruel, and utterly effective, Peter Foldes' experimentation with computer animation employs a bold speechless narrative to draw attention to the grave effects of consumerism. Who needs ethics when everything is within arm's reach?

Director: Peter Foldes
A Colour Box (1935)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

Director: Len Lye
The Idea (1932)
Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a liberal idea emerges in a tyranny ruled society, power and wealth unite to bring it down.

Director: Berthold Bartosch
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret
Animation | Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A tone poem: two woodland sprites dance about, atop power lines and among flowers and leaves, while being pursued. Everyone spends some time pulling levers to switch trains, too.

Directors: Anthony Gross, Hector Hoppin
Puce Moment (1949)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A soundtrack plays folk rock as a woman prepares, at noon, to take her Borzois for a walk. She goes through her dresses, all 1920s style flapper gowns, holding them one at a time, shaking ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Yvonne Marquis
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A musical exploration of the world and all the creatures in it.

Director: Georges Schwizgebel
Rainbow Dance (1936)
Short | Musical | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The film was made by colorful printing of footage combined with drawing directly on film. The bouncy music drives home the message heard at the end of the film, promoting the GPO (General ... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye
Stars: Rupert Doone
Angel's Egg (1985)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Mako Hyôdô, Jinpachi Nezu, Kei'ichi Noda
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cowboy seeks to rescue, then woo, a damsel in distress. But he is constantly thwarted by the scratches, breaks, and other imperfections present in the film print itself.

Director: Osamu Tezuka
Daisies (1966)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

Director: Vera Chytilová
Stars: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová, Julius Albert
Two Sisters (1991)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two sisters live alone on an island. Viola, whose face is terribly disfigured, writes beautiful novels in her room. Marie is protective and won't let anyone see her sister. Then, a fan of Viola's books swims up on shore.

Director: Caroline Leaf
Stars: Kathleen Fee, Michael Rudder, Jane Woods
Edit

Storyline

This is an abstract film in which every motion is in strict synchronization with music, so the description must be read in terms of the overall impression it gives. Within a deep blue environment, one red cube slowly drifts on a reflecting floor. Suddenly there are multiple red cubes drifting and dancing in various formations. Over the course of the film the angularity of square shapes are transformed into circular and cylindrical shapes. The climax of the film features a multitude of these shapes in Busby Berkeley-like formation, as various circular figures grow and disappear among a simulated sky, with the blue colors giving way to red. Written by Bob Kosovsky <bkosovsky@nypl.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Short | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Composition in Blue See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fischinger Studio See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Gasparcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Fischinger created the images and movement to correspond with the music. This technique of working from the music to the image is called "mickeymousing". See more »

Connections

Featured in Tunguska - Die Kisten sind da (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Overture
(1849)
Music by Otto Nicolai
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Well animated and matched to the music with a color and fluidity that is pleasing
12 February 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watched the short film Blinkity Blink recently and the idea is similar as here – animated figures and shapes moving roughly in time to music but unlike the jazz of that film, here we have a classic piece and it is done some decades before that film. The strength of this film is on several levels but the first to me is that it really accurately replicates the way you would move your hand if you were listening to this piece yourself; you lift your hand on the up notes, glide it sideways when moving across the musical range and down when down, the speed and abruptness of the hand movement all the time matching the music. As you would so does the film and the movement of the animated shapes really matches the piece very well indeed.

It helps of course that the animation is very pleasing to watch. Nearly 80 years after it was made, the colors still make an impact and it is important to force yourself to remember that this was made at the very dawn of color film and it does indeed feel like the film is bursting forth with everything pent up during the black and white era. The animation is effect aside from maybe one or two rough edits in there, but otherwise it is smooth, totally matches the music and is incredibly pleasing to sit back and watch.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed