Alexander Alexeïeff & Claire Parker – The Pinscreen Animations (Various)

Animation works

DVD PAL, 30 films
English French booklet 20 pages
Total running time 137 min. Price 30 Euros.
Languages : English – French
Complements : Picture gallery, photos, portraits, engraving, tools.

This dvd contains 30 films, (27 by Alexeïeff), gathering for the first time the nearly complete cinematographic works, of this exceptional inventor and artist who brought Animated film to the highest levels of artistic demand in the 30’s. On the pinboard, this extraordinary imaging device, built with Claire Parker, five films have been made, all of which being on the dvd, including the mythical “Night on Bald Mountain” (1933) on Mussorgsky’s music, “The Nose” based on Gogol’s short story, “Pictures at an Exhibition” and “Three moods”. One will also be able to see 20 animated objects advertising films made from the 30’s to the 60’s for the most famous brands, as well as unreleased Totalised Animation tests, and the Norman McLaren documentary “The Pinboard”, in which Alexeïeff and Parker reveal its working principles. As a complement a picture gallery of portraits, sketches, engravings, recreates the atmosphere of this unique artistic epic. Continue reading

Oskar Fischinger – Twelve Short Films by Oskar Fischinger (1924 – 1942)

Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967) embodied the modernist ideal of the maladaptive artist so well that a balanced evaluation of his work as filmmaker and painter depends on one’s ability to withhold automatic beatification based solely on his biography. Born and educated in Germany, exiled to Los Angeles when Hitler came to power and abstraction was decreed a “degenerate art,” Fischinger was an uncompromising abstractionist who throughout his life retained a dogged faith in the transcendental potential of pure geometry and color. Persecuted in Germany and condemned to grinding poverty after he settled in L.A., Fischinger’s devotion to the integrity of his art was exemplary. Continue reading