A Colour Box (1935)

A COLOUR BOX (1935)
Article 4111 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-21-2012
Directed by Len Lye
No cast
Country: UK
What it is: Abstract animation/commercial

Abstract images pulse along to Brazilian music, and then you find out what a good deal it is to ship your packages with GPO.

This is, like ESCAPE, another venture into the world of abstract animation, which throws it into the realm of borderline fantasy. Reportedly, the film was not originally a commercial for the GPO (General Post Office); the latter bought the rights to the short, and added the advertisements that pop up during the last minute. Still, at least these advertisements seem well integrated into the short, enough so that they actually added a bit of charm to the proceedings. I quite like abstract animation, as long as it doesn’t go on too long, and this clocks in at about three to four minutes.

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