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Oskar Fischinger, Volume 1

Synopsis
Oskar Fischinger discovered cinema at the age of 20 from the German avant-garde animators (Eggeling, Richter and Ruttman) and began his own visual experiments in 1921. From 1929 to 1934 he composed his well-known series of Studies (Studie 1-13) based on the rhythm proper to moving images, illustrations or visual counterpoints to musical compositions (Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven). An inventive experimenter, Oskar Fischinger performed his own original research, including different animation techniques, 3D, optical sound and color, developing the Gasparcolor process in 1933. His work had a significant influence on the development of abstract animated film.

This video is a compilaton of 7 of his films:
MURATTI GREIFT EIN, 1934 color, 2’
SPIRITUAL CONSTRUCTIONS, 1927 b/w, 7’
STUDY N°7 , 1931, b/w, 2’30"
STUDY N°8, 1931, b/w, 5’
KREISE, 1933, color, 2’
ALLEGRETTO, 1936, color, 3’
MOTION PAINTING N°1, 1947, color,
Language
English
Country
Germany
Year of release
2003
Year of production
1931-1947
Documentation
Accompanying booklet by W. Moritz.
Subjects
Media studies
Keywords
animation films; avant-garde film & video

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£17.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
33 minutes
Year
2003

Sections

Title
Muratti greift ein
Synopsis
1934 (colour). An advertising film in which animated cigarettes perform a Busby Berkeley-like dance routine.
Duration
2 mins

Title
Spiritual constructions
Synopsis
1927 (b/w). A "silhouette" film in which two drinking companions become surreal shape-shifters
Duration
7 mins

Title
Study No. 7
Synopsis
1931 (b&w). White shapes, initially resembling sheets of paper, fly about a blackened void accompanied by Brahms’ "Hungarian Dance No. 5’".
Duration
3 mins

Title
Study No. 8
Synopsis
1931 (b&w). Dukas’ ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ provides the background for this film in the ‘Studies’ series of charcoal drawings in which simple shapes move with the music
Duration
5 mins

Title
Kreise
Synopsis
1933 (colour). Circles. Fischinger’s first colour film, commissioned as a commercial for a theatre and advertising agency.
Duration
2 mins

Title
Allegretto
Synopsis
1936 (colour). Made as an insert for Paramount’s "The Big Broadcast of 1937", rejected as being too abstract. It is a celebration of American life as seen throught he eyes of an immigrant.
Duration
3 mins

Title
Motion painting No 1
Synopsis
1947 (colour). Fischinger’s most complex work, the culmination of fourteen years’ experiment with colour, as much about motion as a meditation on symbolic forms.
Duration
12 mins

Distributor

Name

Moviemail

Web
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Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
Simply Home Entertainment
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Notes
As of December 2016 the Moviemail web presence is incorporated within the Simply Media website
Name

Re-voir Video

Email
info@re-voir.com
Web
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Phone
+33 08 73 86 47 00
Fax
+33 01 42 77 93 15
Address
41 faubourg Saint-Martin
75010 Paris
France
Notes
Also known as Re:voir video. Formerly known as Light Cone Video

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