1951-1960Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtExperimentalIan HugoUSA

Ian Hugo – Bells of Atlantis (1952)


+ BELLS OF ATLANTIS (Ian Hugo 1952 16mm 10 mins)
A perfect fusion of poetry and film, with dense layered imagery and music from electro pioneers Louise and Bebe Barron. The writer Anais Nin provides dialogue from her novella ‘House of Incest’ and appears adrift in the undersea realm of Atlantis before ascending to dry land.

This is the most influential film by Ian Hugo, inspired by the house of incest by his wife Anaïs Nin, Len Lye was involved and features one of the first electronic music scores. The quality of the files is quite bad, it comes from an old vhs tape, and as you can see, time left its mark, but i’m afraid its as good as it gets…



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