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Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1940)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short | February 1940 (UK)
A film made without a camera by painting directly onto the celluloid.


Len Lye


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A film made without a camera by painting directly onto the celluloid.

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Lambeth Walk
Music by Noel Gay
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
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A historical curio of British animation
30 December 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short film was released by the British Council in recent years and it is a curio of an animation based on when and how it was made; it is also one of those very specific short films where if you took one of the aspects away, it would leave very little. The animated shapes and colors dance across the film, not by virtue of a camera but by direction painting of the celluloid – I don't know but one assumes cell by cell, which must have been painstaking if you think about the amount of movement and color there was in the short.

A jazzed up version of the Lambeth Walk plays across the 3 minute running time and it is cheering and upbeat, fitting the atmosphere of the images well, but also mostly their movement and pacing, with key changes in the images at certain points fitting the music well. Together they make for an interesting little animation done with an usual and difficult technique, however I am not sure there is too much more reason to watch it some 75 years later other than as a historical curiosity.

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ランベス・ウォークで踊ろう See more »

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Color (Dufaycolour)

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1.37 : 1
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