new HD restored version

by Mary Ellen BUTE & Norman MCLAREN & Ted NEMETH
1940 / 35mm / color / sound / 1S / 4' 51

"By 1940, Mary Ellen Bute’s abstractions were shown at select theaters nationwide. Her 'seeing-sound' film, co-animated with Norman McLaren, demonstrates an ability to visualize music in a tradition sympathetic to modernist painting. Squiggling lines, expanding and contracting circles, and dynamic color fields frame Bute as a 'designer of kinetic abstractions.'" —Bruce Posner

"This new medium of expression is the Absolute Film. Here the artist creates a world of color, form, movement, and sound in which the elements are in a state of controllable flux, the two materials (visual and aural) being subject to any conceivable interrelation and modification." —Mary Ellen Bute

Color freed Bute’s talent – where before she had been constrained by a quasi-scientific conception of the parallels between musical and visual dynamics. In "Tarantella," she takes a more intuitive approach linked closer to Kandinsky, making it among Bute’s most avant-garde productions. The animation used drawings illuminated in various wondrous ways." —R. Bruce Elder

Courtesy: Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970


distribution format Digital file on server
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 23,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 30,00 €