LOONEY LENS SERIES
Anamorphic People; Pas de deux; Split Skyscrapers; Tenth Avenue, NYC

by Al BRICK
1924-1927 / 35mm / tinted b&w / sound / 1S / 10' 10




Anamorphic People 1927, 2:20 minutes
Pas de deux 1924, 4:24 minutes
Split Skyscrapers / Tenth Avenue, NYC 1924, 3:23 minutes
Anamorphic People 1927, 2:20 minutes

“These never before screened camera rolls photographed by Fox News cameraman Al Brick offer a lovely interlude of pure cinema experimentation. The fascination with anamorphic images dates back centuries to mirrors, lenses, and other optical toys employed to warp images for artistic and scientific purposes.” —Bruce Posner

Pas de deux 1924, 4:24 minutes

“An oddity to be sure, the camera original has survived intact as shot by cameraman Al Brick. Two men interact before a distorted-spherical mirror, and the ensuing play between the two has all the trappings of an avant-garde pas de deux in the purest sense. Restoration note: color Desmet tint & tone added to enhance surreal effect of distortion.” —Bruce Posner

Split Skyscrapers / Tenth Avenue, NYC 1924, 3:23 minutes

“Fox’s “Looney Lens” series was launched to humorously highlight special effects camerawork. The split images of skyscrapers and automobiles are uncannily close to those used in Dziga Vertov’s The Man with a Movie Camera. The warping lens used to photograph Tenth Avenue, however, seems to puzzle the filmmakers.” —Bruce Posner

Courtesy:
University of South Carolina Newsfilm Archive
Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941

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distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 27,00 €