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Tusalava

An eerie journey through the imagined origins of life.
4/5

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Len Lye’s 1929 experimental animation, a work of avant-garde cinema, takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey through the imagined origins of life on Earth. Crafted almost a century ago, this black-and-white masterpiece unfolds as an eerie and slightly eccentric exploration of science, nature, and the evolutionary process. Lye’s simplistic animation, devoid of dialogue, remains a testament to his visionary creativity, as he envisions the evolution of single-cell creatures into more complex forms of life.

Accompanied by an original soundtrack by Jack Ellit and Florian Goltz’s additional musical accompaniment, the film weaves a narrative through its evocative imagery and storytelling prowess. The absence of dialogue enhances the film’s universality, allowing it to transcend language and communicate with audiences on a visual and emotional level.

Though the animation may appear rudimentary by today’s standards, its experimental nature and conceptualization of life’s beginnings make it a timeless piece of cinematic art. Lye’s avant-garde vision, complemented by Goltz’s musical reinterpretation, ensures that this silent journey into the genesis of existence remains an enduring and evocative work in the history of animation.

Brief Synopsis

A black-and-white animated film, showing the dramatic evolution of a cellular creature. The film imagines the beginnings of life on earth. Single-cell creatures evolve into more complex forms of life. Evolution leads to conflict, and two species fight for supremacy.
Tusalava Short Experimental Film

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Director(s): Len Lye
Writer(s): Len Lye
Cast:
Producer(s): Robert Graves
Director of Photography: Len Lye
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Runtime: 10 min

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Tusalava

An eerie journey through the imagined origins of life.
4/5

Review

Len Lye’s 1929 experimental animation, a work of avant-garde cinema, takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey through the imagined origins of life on Earth. Crafted almost a century ago, this black-and-white masterpiece unfolds as an eerie and slightly eccentric exploration of science, nature, and the evolutionary process. Lye’s simplistic animation, devoid of dialogue, remains a testament to his visionary creativity, as he envisions the evolution of single-cell creatures into more complex forms of life.

Accompanied by an original soundtrack by Jack Ellit and Florian Goltz’s additional musical accompaniment, the film weaves a narrative through its evocative imagery and storytelling prowess. The absence of dialogue enhances the film’s universality, allowing it to transcend language and communicate with audiences on a visual and emotional level.

Though the animation may appear rudimentary by today’s standards, its experimental nature and conceptualization of life’s beginnings make it a timeless piece of cinematic art. Lye’s avant-garde vision, complemented by Goltz’s musical reinterpretation, ensures that this silent journey into the genesis of existence remains an enduring and evocative work in the history of animation.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

A black-and-white animated film, showing the dramatic evolution of a cellular creature. The film imagines the beginnings of life on earth. Single-cell creatures evolve into more complex forms of life. Evolution leads to conflict, and two species fight for supremacy.
Tusalava Short Experimental Film

Credits

Director(s): Len Lye
Writer(s): Len Lye
Cast:
Producer(s): Robert Graves
Director of Photography: Len Lye
Animation:

Specifications

Subjects:
Country:
Year:
Runtime: 10 min
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