Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy: Ballet Mécanique (1924)

In Fenand Léger and Dudley Murphey's Ballet Mécanique (1924) we see  animated cut out of Charlie Chaplin in a sequence called "Charlot cubiste". Esther Leslie in Hollywood Flatlands noted that the film featured close-ups of domestic items. "The simple act of close-up in itself" Leslie observes, "acted as an animation of objects , an endowment with  life and personality" (2002, p.20).

Unfortunately this does not feature the score by George Antheil with was described as a "futuristic score of the mechanical era", a piece of musical engineering. .

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