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Eaux d'artifice (1953)

Not Rated | | Short | 6 February 1970 (Finland)
A man dressed in an elegant period dress wanders through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este.

Director:

Kenneth Anger (as Anger)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Carmilla Salvatorelli Carmilla Salvatorelli ... Lady (uncredited)
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Storyline

A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi's "Winter" movement of "The Four Seasons" plays. Heavy red filters give a blue cast to the light; water plays across stone, and fountains send it into the air. No words are spoken. Baroque statuary and the sensuous flow of water are back lit. Anger calls it "water games." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short

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Trivia

Kenneth Anger carefully lined up each shot so that the light would set off the water sprays. He also changed camera speeds and shutter angles to make the droplets of water seem more alive. See more »

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UN FILM D'ANGER See more »

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Featured in Magick Lantern Cycle (2009) See more »

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Meditation on the beauty of moving water.
1 April 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

A stunning water garden is the empyrean setting for this short film, one of the director's strongest works. The ceaseless motion of liquid in an elaborate fountain-system is given close study in high-contrast black and white...jets, streams and droplets dance madly to classical music as the water becomes seemingly enlivened with a zoetic personality. The mood shifts with the music's dramatic rise-and-fall, being somber and wintry one moment, majestic and powerful the next. Intermittently, a shadowy figure in period costume moves hurriedly through the scenery, adding even further mystique to the proceedings.

Mesmerizing in its organic beauty...a small masterwork. 9/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Veden leikki√§ See more »

Filming Locations:

Tivoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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