Tarantella (1940)

Article 4824 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 5-17-2015
Directed by Mary Ellen Bute and Ted Nemeth
No cast
Country: USA
What it is: Abstract animation

Abstract visuals appear in sync to a tarantella played on a piano.

I believe that in dealing with unusual cinematic concepts and styles that you sometimes just have to see enough of them to get a handle on how to discuss them. So there’s hope that someday I’ll have seen enough of these abstract musical animations to be able to go into more detail about the experience, rather than just say “Well, here’s another one.” I’ve not reached that point yet, and other than pointing out that the jagged, abrupt animation fits in well with the jagged, abrupt music, I’ve little to say about it. At under five minutes, it at least doesn’t wear out its welcome.

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