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TARENTELLA

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

1 PRINT IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format DVD (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 45,00 €