This fantasia of absurdist imagery flew in the face of conventional filmmaking. Dudley Murphy sought to create a "visual symphony," and that exactly what he did in this gorgeous and enigmatic collaboration of artists, made up of a series of shots of both live subjects and inanimate objects. Neither Dada or Surrealist, "Ballet mecanique" pioneered a type of film dubbed "cinema pur" - pure cinema. And it's a pleasure.
mixed figures, repetitive scenes and a disturbing music did work once upon a time, but not today especially for myself. But i appreciate the make-up, change of emotions in film and what had been done in those years was quite remarkable for the future of cinema in many aspects.
Ein heute noch beeindruckender Film. Welch verstörende u. faszinierende Wirkung er 1924 gehabt haben muss! - das Zusammenspiel von Ton u. Bild, das Repetitive, das Kaleidoskopartige, die Bewegung und Geschwindigkeit. / Even today a breathtaking impres. film. Which distressing and fascinating effect he must have had 1924! - the interaction of tone and picture, the repetitive, the kaleidoscopic, the movement and speed.
This film went through a complex creation process - (Man Ray was initially involved). But most remarkable is the story of the score by George Antheil, the American enfant terrible of 20's Paris. Antheil had no interest in making music to fit the film - and Léger thought the score was unusable. The two elements were only eventually brought together in the 1990's - but what an amazing marriage of sound an image it is!