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Oskar Fischinger Volume 2

Synopsis
A compilation of Oskar Fischinger’s abstract, animated films consisting of MURATTI PRIVAT, WAX EXPERIMENTS, MUNCHEN-BERLIN WANDERUNG, STUDY NO. 5, STUDY NO. 9, STUDY NO. 12, KOMPOSITION IN BLAU, AMERICAN MARCH, ORGANIC FRAGMENT, MUTOSCOPE REELS, MUNTZ TV Commercial. Muratti Privat, Wax Experiments, Munchen-Berlin Wanderung, Study No. 5, Study No. 9, Study 12, Komposition in Blau, American March, Organic Fragment, Mutoscope Reels, Muntz TV Commercial.
Includes a guide to the films by William Moritz.
Language
English
Country
Germany
Year of release
2002
Year of production
1921-1952
Documentation
Accompanying book by William Moritz
Subjects
Media studies
Keywords
animation films; avant-garde film & video

Distribution Formats

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

Sections

Title
Muratti Privat
Synopsis
1935 (b&w). A commercial for Muratti cigarettes to the music of Mozart’s "Turkish Rondo." .
Duration
3 mins

Title
Wax Experiments
Synopsis
1921-1923 (tinted colour). Shows a variety of ways in which Fischinger used sliced wax. First is a sequence of pure wax imagery, followed by a longer sequence composed of two fragments showing wax imagery combined with overlays of animated circle patterns, and a few moments of pure circle animation which were edited in; this sequence makes use of positive and negative images as well as forward and backward printing of the same image. Finally a brief sequence shows some thin line animation similar.
Duration
9 mins

Title
Munchen-Berlin Wandedrung
Synopsis
1927 (b&w). Munich-Berlin Walking Trip
In the summer of 1927, Fischinger walked from Munich to Berlin carrying his camera and equipment in a back-pack. Along the way, he took single-frame images of people and landscapes he encountered.
Duration
4 mins

Title
Study No. 5
Synopsis
1930 (b&w). An abstract ballet to the foxtrot "I’ve never seen a smile like yours".
Duration
3 mins

Title
Study No. 9
Synopsis
1931 (b&w). Brahms’ "Hungarian Dance No. 9’" is the accompaniment to a collaboration between Oskar and his brother Hans.
Duration
3 mins

Title
Study No. 12
Synopsis
1932 (b&w). Another collaboration with his brother Hans. Eel-like figures execute slow movements to the "Torch Dance" from Rubinstein’s "Bride of Corinth".
Duration
4 mins

Title
Komposition in Blau
Synopsis
1935 (colour). COMPOSITION IN BLUE uses a combination of different animation techniques - mostly involving pixilation of three-dimensional forms
Duration
4 mins

Title
American March, An
Synopsis
1941 (colour). To Sousa’s "Stars and Stripes" the image of the American flag is gradually abstracted.
Duration
3 mins

Title
Organic Fragment
Synopsis
1941 (colour).
Duration
1 mins

Title
Mutoscope Reels
Synopsis
1945 (b&w).
Duration
2 mins

Title
Muntz TV Commercial
Synopsis
1952 (b&w). A singing commercial for Muntz television sets - an explosion of curves, stripes, tonalities, and letters.
Duration
2 mins

Distributor

Name

Moviemail

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Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
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Notes
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Name

Re-voir Video

Email
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Phone
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Fax
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Address
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Notes
Also known as Re:voir video. Formerly known as Light Cone Video

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