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Parábola (1937)

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Screen titles introduce the parabola as nature's poetry of motion: the path of every ball and bullet, of a fountain's jet and a falling star. Sculptor Rutherford Boyd's creations appear ... See full summary »
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Screen titles introduce the parabola as nature's poetry of motion: the path of every ball and bullet, of a fountain's jet and a falling star. Sculptor Rutherford Boyd's creations appear frame by frame under controlled lighting. Curved objects float by; mirror images appear. Paper sculptures separate into parabolic slices. One can see the abstracts of shells and fans, precursors of Sydney's opera house and the Chrysler Building. Shadows, unlit surfaces, and surfaces turning toward light add to the variations. Gravity's rainbow. The music is from "La Creation du monde" by Darius Milhaud. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They got so much out of just light and camera angles.
25 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is just one of many strange films from the DVD collection "Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941" and it's from Disc 3. This is the third film on the disc in which Mary Ellen Bute participated--this time accompanied by Rutherford Boyd and Theodore Nemeth. Boyd created a sculpture and Bute and Nemeth filmed, frame by frame, this process.

It all begins with some words on the screen about parabolas and art. What followed were various non-anamorphic sculptures (almost as if modeled after Spirograph pictures) that appeared to move slinky-like to the music. Through the use of expert lighting, they were able to get so much out of so little and while I think the average person would NOT love this film, it is pleasant and watchable.


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