disruptions of the past century revisited…

Ballet Mecanique
Directed by – Fernand Leger, Dudley Murphy
(1924) – B&W – 15 min
The film also explores many Cubist themes – especially beautiful is the subtle use of black and white tones. But the most remarkable aspect of the film is the musical syncopation with the score written by George Antheil – perhaps the earliest example of what we now call Industrial. Of Fernand Leger’s many paintings also indulged in Industrial type themes – and the concept that all these machines were taking the human nature out of humanity. In amny ways – this short film reminds me of a super fast paced Metropolis and I suspect Fritz Lang was greatly inspired by this very memorable piece of art.

Ballet Mecanique

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