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H2O (1929)

| Documentary, Short
A study on water, the reflections and motions of the liquid that accentuates its ethereality and metallic beauty.

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Ralph Steiner
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The first half is a look at water rushing, pouring from a pipe, spouting, falling, moving, and churning. The second half presents reflections, particularly how patterns appear in water as it is moved by breezes or other small forces. Wavy lines appear on the surface as if dividing the frame; swirls, too, do the same, bringing animation to the images. Donald Sosin's piano adds an airy quality to the images. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Superb study of - guess what? - water
29 December 2005 | by gmwhiteSee all my reviews

How does one rate a film like this? There is hardly a plot, and there are no actors, only water, in many of its forms.

Yet, there is indeed a progress in this film: from water, the familiar liquid, seen in a variety of fashions, in movement, reflecting scenes or objects, transparent and opaque, to quite abstract (often close-up) visions of water that emphasize form and shadow.

It is as if this simple liquid, that we all encounter on a daily basis, is being de-familiarised, and the liquid we need for life is being turned into an aesthetic object. This process, it now occurs to me, embodies something of the wonder of the child before water, grasping at it as it streams from the tap, playing with its surface, observing rippling reflections. There is indeed a childlike wonder in this short film, with an artist's eye for camera-angles and editing - quite a unique combination that is well worth viewing. You may not look at water in quite the same way again.


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