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26 OCTOBER 2008

Len Lye: Swinging the Lambeth Walk

"Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1939), a four–minute, hand–painted Dufaycolor film 'with a colour accompaniment by Len Lye', matches visual motifs to musical instruments: diagonals introduce piano phrases, circles express drum beats, wavy horizontals represent guitars licks, vertical lines map base parts, etc. Primary red, blue and deep green colour fields are rendered frameless by upwardly cascading kite shapes, luminous tapered stripes, and batik–like patterns."

(Brett Kashmere, May 2007)

[Distributors: Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand]



1939animationAotearoa New Zealandcolourcolour and musicdirect filmdrawingdrawing on film • Dufaycolor • experimental filmfilmkiwi short filmsLen LyeNew Zealand filmmakerNZpaintscratch filmscratchingsound and image • Swinging the Lambeth Walk • UKvisual pattern


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