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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 »

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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>

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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 »

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Edited into En fargesymfoni i blått (1936) See more »

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Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Overture
(1849)
Music by Otto Nicolai
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Rather amazing--but probably mostly for adults
31 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Technically speaking, KOMPOSITION IN BLAU is an amazing film--especially for 1935. While color film is something we all expect, back in 1935, this was still a relatively new process and many cartoons were still made in black & white. Heck, the first 3-color Technicolor feature (BECKY SHARP) debuted the same year as KOMPOSITION, so as I said, it was all pretty new. Yet despite this newness, the colors were so vibrant and beautiful--even more than 70 year later.

As for the film itself, it's a very, very simple idea though the execution was have taken ages to complete. Various geometric shapes (mostly rectangles and circles) appear and move throughout the film and seem to dance to the classical music that is being played. It is rather hypnotic and considering that it had to be filmed frame by frame, it is quite an accomplishment. The trouble, though, with such a film is that while adults will appreciate the effort and enjoy it, kids will probably be bored and wonder where all the cute anthropomorphic animals are!! Because of this, don't be surprised if you show it to kids and they are less than thrilled--they'll just have to wait to see it when they are a bit older.


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