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Liquid Crystals (1978)

Cristaux liquides (original title)
A microscopic view of liquid crystals morphing into various shapes.

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Jean Painlevé
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Title cards introduce images we watch without narration; they are displays of shape and color. François de Roubaix's electronic music accompanies these images, photographed under a polarizing microscope. Some liquids obey the laws of crystallization; we observe those transformations. Sometimes objects flowing, other times they change as if in a kaleidoscope. Colors give way to sepia, then back to multiple colors. The crystals can look like tiny organisms: small four-part fans share the frame with flowing lines of pink. Multiple patterns appear side by side. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Meditation for the Stoned
11 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Many decades, about a decade before pioneering documentarist Jean Painlevé made this short film, I worked on the light show at the Fillmore East. We did those colored lights that turned on and off in time to the music. Although this work has a much more scientific purpose -- it shows the creation and building of crystalline forms -- what we did ten years earlier looks a lot like this.

Given that most of our audience was stoned out of their minds, drunk out of their minds or looking to find a sexual partner for the evening -- often all three -- I do not, looking back, have a terribly high opinion of our light show, which was done without much artistry -- I think I can say that, because I was doing a good part of it. Therefore I cannot have a high opinion of similar work done ten years later, as much as I admire much of Painlevé 's work. A rare dud,


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21 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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