Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pat O'Neill - 7362 (1967)

This film is technically sophisticated in a way not common to most avant-garde efforts. O'Neill worked with effects advertising guru Robert Abel in the early 1960s and later contributed animation to a couple of Star Wars episodes; he set up the optical company Lookout Mountain Films. Using hi-con film stock #7362, O'Neill dazzles us with an array of auto-matting and bi-pack tricks that transform items like a rocking oil pump into kaleidoscopic patterns. Some of the mechanical abstractions resemble montages in Metropolis. The complex, mesmerizing moving images seem to mirror some invisible function in our own heads. This is the best brain-warp picture in the set.

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