Talk about a successful experiment! I'm amazed at how perfectly and timely these beautiful and abstract yet appropriate images were displayed on screen. The fact that this was made back in 1949 impresses me very much. Also the jazz is superb.
What a great sort piece of film! The visuals go fluidly with the awesome jazz music! Such a treat for the eyes, definitely recommended if you are interested in Stan Brahkage or other experimental film.
So normally I dislike it when visuals emphatically mirror music that plays on a soundtrack, but in the case of the syncopations of jazz, this strategy ends up working quite well. At times, the film reminded me of Brakhage (before Brakhage) in all its hand-painted glory.
Not a patch on Len Lye, for my money. Neglects abstract plastic qualities in favor of graphic figurative qualities, which work against the musicality of the image. Some fun sequences scattered throughout, but the hodge-podge, like so much of it undermines the basic filmic nature. Great title sequence. Great music choices, though, so too bad McLaren et al didn't rise to the occasion.