Mary Ellen BUTE

(1906-1983)
Nationalité américaine

A pioneer of visual music and electronic art, Mary Ellen Bute produced over a dozen short abstract animations between the 1930s to the 1950s. Set to classical music by the likes of Bach, Saint-Saens or Shostakovich, and filled with colorful forms, elegant design and sprightly, dance-like-rhythms, Bute's filmmaking is at once formally rigorous and energetically high-spirited, like a marriage of high modernism and Merrie Melodies. In the late 1940s, Lewis JACOBS observed that Bute's films were "composed upon mathematical formulae depicting in ever-changing lights and shadows, growing lines and forms, deepening colors and tones, the tumbling, racing impressions evoked by the musical accompaniment." Bute herself wrote that she sought to "bring to the eyes a combination of visual forms unfolding along with the thematic development and rhythmic cadences of music." (Ed Halter)

Mary Ellen Bute (21 Nov 1906 – 17 Oct 1983)

“Infatuated with the new non-objective paintings of Kandinsky and others, Texas debutante Bute devoted twenty years (1932-1952) to creating thirteen abstract motion pictures in black-and-white and color, with familiar classical music accompaniments. Many were shown at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.” –Cecile Starr

“By 1934, Mary Ellen Bute was purposefully engaged in making abstract films and by 1954 was exploring electronic imagery. Trained in painting and stage lighting, she continued theoretical studies with mathematician Joseph Schillinger and musician Leon Theremin. Her early collaborators in film were Schillinger, Lewis JACOBS and Melville WEBBER, but it was with cameraman Ted NEMETH that she realized an ongoing series of short “seeing-sound” films. She also filmed in 1966 a feature-length version of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.” —Bruce POSNER

10 FILMS EN DISTRIBUTION

ABSTRONIC
1952 / 35mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 6' 10 / 30 €
distribution : DCP sur serveur ou Fichier sur serveur
TARENTELLA
1940 / 35mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 4' 51 / 45 €
distribution : DVD
TARENTELLA - new HD restored version
1940 / 35mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 4' 51 / 30 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur
SPOOK SPORT - A Graveyard Gamble
1939 / 35mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 7' 54 / 32 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur
SYNCHROMY NO. 4: ESCAPE
1937-1938 / 35mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 4' 29 / 30 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur
PARABOLA
1936-1938 / 35mm / n&b / sonore / simple écran / 8' 48 / 36 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur
DADA - Universal Clip
1936 / 35mm / n&b / sonore / simple écran / 1' 15 / 20 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur
SYNCHROMY NO. 2 - O’ Evening Star
1936 / 35mm / n&b / sonore / simple écran / 5' 40 / 30 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur
RHYTHM IN LIGHT
1934 / 35mm / n&b / sonore / simple écran / 5' 00 / 51 €
distribution : Mini DV
RHYTHM IN LIGHT - new HD restored version
1934 / 35mm / n&b / sonore / simple écran / 5' 00 / 30 €
distribution : Fichier sur serveur