OPUS II, III & IV

by Walter RUTTMANN
1923 / color / silent / 1S / 12' 00

"OPUS II could be characterized as a battle between, on the one hand, a circle and harmonious curved shapes and, on the other hand, aggressive black triangles that emerge from the top of the screen, chasing away undulating shapes.
In OPUS III, the triangles are replaced by blunt rectangles, expanding and repelling curved shapes. The film is progressing, and its content is increasingly due to the interaction of geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles and parallelograms. The movements become more mechanical, the shapes act like pistons, organic pumps, heart rhythms.
OPUS IV begins in a surprising way, using horizontal bands moving one another. At their greatest intensity, they are neither symbolist nor kinetic, but optical, having more in common with the Op art of the 1960s than with the geometric abstraction of the 1920s (in this sense close to Anemic Cinéma by Duchamp). When vertical bands are added to the horizontal bands, the measurement becomes frenetic, as in a train, but the speed is perceived by the eyes and not by the body."

2 PRINTS IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 18 fps
sound silent
rental fee 49,00 €

distribution format 35mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 18 fps
sound silent
rental fee 55,00 €