Delightful and stunningly simple (that means devilishly painstaking to achieve) piece of handmade art. The pedantic pattern-making is practically timeless. This is screaming out for IMAX re-release for a sensory blast.
A milestone in animation. This frame by frame animated short set to the music of Liszt is quite phenomenal. Even more surprising is that this was produced and released by a studio (MGM)...experimental animation !!! Just imagine.
German abstract film goes Hollywood. Fischinger's experimental works from the 1920s had a much more deeper impact than this colored one in Hollywood style. But nonetheless it's a nice and precise work. I think Walt Disney got a lot of inspiration from this kind of abstract dance of forms and colors.
A great grandparent of the abstractions of Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, John Whitney, et al, this 1930's color-shape jouet set to a Liszt score is just sitting there, waiting for you to watch it... it's not long, and can be found on YouTube, so, what are you waiting for??
What a person with synesthesia see when listening to music? Recently had a man who developed synesthesia after a stroke come talk to my Psychology class. After watching this short film, I can now understand his description of "riding the sound waves" even more.
Such a fun film, but the thought of labor that went into it makes me want to go back to bed.
It seems like such a natural idea, though it must have seemed quite daring at the time. An Optical Poem is a beautifully choreographed dance of shapes and colors, and appreciating the time it must have taken to create this in 1937 adds to the wonderment at this experimental film. Give it a watch if you enjoy music and color, it's quite pleasing to the senses.
I have read that this animator also worked in disney's old feature ''fantasia'' . I think timing and geometrical forms are very beautiful animated in this movie .
Year 1938 and a man who was living in this world trying to make an experimental animation own his own ... This is masterpiece.