NUMBER 5: CIRCULAR TENSIONS: HOMAGE TO OSKAR FISCHINGER (1949)
Article 4833 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Harry Smith
What it is: Abstract animation
If you’ve been following this series lately, you probably recognize the name of Oskar Fischinger and know the type of movie with which he’s associated. So it should be no surprise that a homage to him would be more of the same; what we have here is abstract images set to music. The latter in this case sounds like African tribal music, what with its pulsing drumbeat and general sound. The animation is mostly circles and squares in various configurations. It runs about five minutes long. As far as I could tell, there was nothing about this one to really set it apart from the others of its ilk.