by Ralph STEINER
1929 / b&w / silent / 1S / 14' 00

In 1929, Steiner made his first film, H2O, a poetic evocation of water that captured the abstract patterns generated by waves. Although it was not the only film of its kind at the time – Joris Ivens made REGEN that same year, and Henwar Rodekiewicz worked on his similar film PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN (1931) through this whole period – it made a significant impression in its day and since has become recognized as a classic: H2O was added to the National Film Registry in December 2005. Among Steiner's other early films, SURF AND SEAWEED (1931) expands on the concept of H2O as Steiner turns his camera to the shoreline; MECHANICAL PRINCIPLES (1930) was an abstraction based on gears and machinery.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 18 fps
sound silent
rental fee 60,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
duration 13' 30
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 60,00 €