restored 2001, 2005 SD

de Fernand LÉGER & Dudley MURPHY
1923-1924 / 35mm / n&b teinté / sonore / 1E / 17' 00

Ballet mécanique 1923-24 SD restored 2001, 2005

“This sprightly collage of machinery, everyday objects, and prismatic shapes was long described as a typically Cubist film. Now shown in a version perhaps matching the 1924 print screened at the Vienna premiere, with the music originally composed for it, the film’s aggressive Dada spirit also becomes clear.

The original score, full of player pianos and mechanical sounds, was so radical it could not be performed. A later concert version was never synchronized with the film. Only modern technology and Paul Lehrman’s 2001 reconstruction of the initial score made it possible to recapture the makers’ original intentions.” —Deke Dusinberre

“The music is scored for eight percussionists, two pianists, bells, siren, airplane propellers, and sixteen player pianos. It eschews conventional forms, instead creating a unique “soundscape.” Due to technical limitations related to synchronization, this complex composition was never played in its original instrumentation, alone or with the film.” —Paul D. Lehrman

Music Original 1924-25 Score by George Antheil
Realized and edited 2001 by Paul D. Lehrman

Paul D. Lehrman, Charles Amirkhanian, G. Schirmer, Inc.
Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941


format de distribution Fichier sur serveur
cadre de projection 4/3 (simple écran)
vitesse de projection 29,976 ips
son son
prix de location 100,00 €