Kaleidoscope and Colour Flight
- Len Lye |
- 1938 |
- 8 minutes |
- COLOR |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
Music: "Biguine d'Amour" - Don Baretto and his Cuban Orchestra (KALEIDOSCOPE); "Honolulu Blues" - Red Nichols and his Five Pennies [COLOUR FLIGHT].
Len Lye, pioneer kinetic artist, sculptor and experimental filmmaker, died in May 1980 in New York. He had emigrated to the United States from England in 1944. Between 1951 and his death, he worked on a number of films. Of the five films he made in the USA, several are considered to be his finest. These powerful "American Films" develop the techniques of "direct" filmmaking in new directions; together they constitute a major body of "direct" filmmaking. Len Lye lost interest in gaining public screenings for his work, and went "underground." These films were therefore known only to a small group of filmmakers and a few audiences. The films gained a legendary reputation .... They have hitherto been largely inaccessible and are therefore virtually unknown.
KALEIDOSCOPE (1935) and COLOUR FLIGHT (1938) are "direct" films - that is, films made without a camera. Lye painted colorful designs onto celluloid, matching them to dance music.