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Lines: Vertical (1960)

| Animation, Short
An experiment in abstract film-making, this short film (as its name implies) consists only of vertical lines, drawn directly onto each film frame, that change in response to music.
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In complete harmony and in sync to Maurice Blackburn's music, a bundle of parallel straight lines revolve, multiply, swarm, and then, disperse, in this minimalist experiment in raw and immaculate design. At varying speeds, the directly engraved into the film lines, gyrate and group harmoniously, creating an appealing sensory stimulation. Written by Nick Riganas

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9 April 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Norman McLaren offers one of his abstract pieces of animation, working in collaboration with Evelyn Lambart with some some electronic music by Maurice Blackburn. It consists of a series of vertical lines which wander from the right to the left and back again, growing more numerous as they pass over each other over a monochrome background which changes color.

They suggest the strings of a musical instrument, if they suggest anything... or perhaps they suggest nothing. It's a simple contemplative abstract, a purely experimental movie, hypnotic and meditative in its evolutions. For the two minutes that it lasts, it's fascinating.... and then it's gone.


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