Allegretto (Late Version), (1936–43, US, color, sound, 2.30 min, Oskar Fischinger), restored by CVM © Center for Visual Music
Allegretto (Late Version), (1936–43, Oskar Fischinger) © Center for Visual Music

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ART+FILM: Optical Poetry | Oskar Fischinger Retrospective

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Tue 28 Jun 2022

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Explore a curated selection of short films by Oskar Fischinger – creator of Raumlichtkunst (1926–2012) featured in The Story of the Moving Image exhibition – revealing how experimentation with form and physical media have always been a part of cinema history.

Oskar Fischinger (1900–67) was a pioneer of abstract animation and visual music. Working in Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Los Angeles, he is known as the Father of Visual Music and the Grandfather of Motion Graphics. Fischinger made some of the first music videos in the early 1930s, and influenced John Cage’s theories of percussion and the style of Disney’s Fantasia (1940). He has influenced generations of animators and filmmakers and continues to do so today. This is the new HD digital version of CVM’s Retrospective programme featuring his classic visual music films, many from restored 35mm prints. The films include some of his ground-breaking 1930s Studies series synchronizing animation and music, which screened in first-run theatres worldwide.

Fischinger made commercials in his Berlin animation studio, and the Muratti cigarette commercial made him famous worldwide. Paramount Studios brought him to Los Angeles in 1936, where he had several unsuccessful encounters with Hollywood studios. In his later years he could not find support for his films and focused on painting, drawing and a light-play instrument.

– Cindy Keefer, Curator, Center for Visual Music

This is the first of two events exploring the work and legacy of Oskar Fischinger, whose seminal work Raumlichtkunst is currently on display at ACMI, thanks to the generous support of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

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1926 | Germany, black/white, silent, 2 min | restored by CVM

Wax Experiments
1921–26 | Germany, silent, 4 min | restored by CVM

Spiritual Constructions
1927 | Germany, b/w, silent, 6:16 min

Studie Nr. 5
1930 | Germany, b/w, sound, 3:15 | restored by CVM

Studie Nr. 6
1930 | Germany, b/w, sound, 2.5 min

Studie Nr. 7
1931 | Germany, b/w, sound, 2.5 min | restored by CVM

Studie Nr. 8
1931 | Germany, b/w, sound, 5 min

1932 | Germany, b/w, sound, 1:30 min

Kreise (Ad Version)
1933-34 | Germany, color, sound, 2 min

Muratti greift ein!
1934 | Germany, color, sound, 4 min

Swiss Trip
1934 | Germany, b/w, sound, 11 min

Composition in Blue
1935 | Germany, color, sound, 4 min

Allegretto (Late Version)
1936–43 | US, color, sound, 2:30 min | restored by CVM

Radio Dynamics
1942 | US, color, intentionally silent, 4:30 min | restored by CVM

An American March
1941 | US, color, sound, 3:45 min

Motion Painting No. 1
1947 | US, color, sound, 11 min

TRT: approx. 73 mins

CVM thanks Barbara Fischinger, William Moritz, Cinemaculture and Tim Finn. Wax Experiments was restored with funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Studie nr 5 was restored by CVM with funding from EYE Filmmuseum.

Visit the Oskar Fischinger page on the Centre for Visual Music website

About Centre for Visual Music

Center for Visual Music (CVM) is a nonprofit film archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and abstract media.

CVM is committed to preservation, curation, education, scholarship, and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with related historical documentation and artwork.

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