Allegretto (1936)

Article 4762 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 2-18-2015
Directed by Oskar Fischinger
No cast
Country: USA
What it is: Abstract animation

Circles and diamonds cavort to Ralph Rainger’s “Radio Dynamics”.

I’ve encountered Oskar Fischinger’s abstract animated shorts before in this series. This one is more of the same; abstract shapes move to the rhythms of a musical piece. It ends up being a virtual fantasy by dint of its simply not being realistic. It’s entertaining in that soothing, abstract way, and I can admire the effort it must have taken to make this, but, as usual for this type of thing, it doesn’t really lend itself to much in the way of verbal discussion.


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