The Furies (1934)
Article 5524 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Slavko Vorkapich
What it is: Experimental music video
Avenging angels arise out of the blood of a murdered man.
For the record, in Greek mythology, the furies were avenging spirits who set upon Orestes after he murdered his mother (Clytemnestra) as vengeance for the murder of his father (Agamemnon). What exactly they’re up to in this short I’m not sure; they seem to be breaking the windows of people making out in skyscrapers. Still, the fact that this doesn’t quite make sense to me doesn’t detract from the fact that this short is visually impressive and stirring; it’s fascinating to watch the title characters fly over this urban landscape. It runs less than three minutes, and even feels a bit incomplete, but I quite liked what I saw.
The Furies also appear in an independent Claude Rains vehicle from 1934 (only his second screen role), CRIME WITHOUT PASSION, both written and directed by the team of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.