Len Lye US, 1957, 1', 16 mm

Intended as a promotional film for the Chrysler motor corporation, Lye used rapid editing to speed up the assembly of a car, and synchronized it to African drum music. Rhythm won first prize at a New York advertising festival but was then disqualified because Chrysler hated the film and refused to screen it on television. (The sponsor disliked the choice of African music and was suspicious of the fact that one of the workmen was shown winking at the camera.) The film was ahead of its time as a brilliant example of fast editing.

Fri 25/9 Kino SC 20:00