RHYTHM

by Len LYE
1957 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 1' 09

Intended as a promotional film for the Chrysler motor corporation, Lye used rapid editing to speed up the assembly of a car, and synchronized it to African drum music. Rhythm won first prize at a New York advertising festival but was then disqualified because Chrysler hated the film and refused to screen it on television. (The sponsor disliked the choice of African music and was suspicious of the fact that one of the workmen was shown winking at the camera.) The film was ahead of its time as a brilliant example of fast editing. Film critic P. Adams Sitney wrote: “Although his reputation has been sustained by the invention of direct painting on film, Lye deserves equal credit as one of the great masters of montage.”

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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 24,00 €

distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 24,00 €