All Richter's films I've seen are really about rhythm - this is no exception. This is not as monolithic as his earlier studies, there are more than just abstract geometrical shapes. Visual music at its best!
Less the transubstantiation of a dream onto celluloid than a cross-section of dream under microscope, presented with the terse formality of a lecturing professor: "Watch as familiar objects undergo mutations along plausible lines of logic - eyes are heads are circles - till the dreamer's reasoning is lulled. Now pure abstraction has free reign! Temporarily. Till the process reverses itself..." Not bad for 4 minutes!
As the title points out a study into film and as the label 'dada' points out a glimpse way farer into the relation between the work of art, meaning and the viewer.
Besides that, on a technical level incredible, a dedication to the medium of film and an experiment into it, that looks for equals among what I've seen so far.
A purely graphic short film. It's focused on shape and geometry, bringing all new ideas, techniques and approaches to cinema in that period. A film directed by an artist with a strong perception capacity. The only thing I don't like is the music, which doesn't match the images in power.
I find the editing of early abstract short films fascinating and enthralling, but I never really know what directors are getting at: this fact is definitely the case for Hans Richter. Maybe I just don't understand Dadaism.