Eaux d’artifice 1953

Eaux d’artifice 1953

Released: 1953
Genre: Movie
Director: Kenneth Anger
Starring: ,
Run time: 12 min
IMDb: 6.9/10
Country: USA
Views: 135563


A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi’s “Winter” movement of “The Four Seasons” plays. Heavy red filters give a blue cast to the light; water plays across stone, and fountains send it into the air. No words are spoken. Baroque statuary and the sensuous flow of water are back lit. Anger calls it “water games.”
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User Reviews: A stunning water garden is the empyrean setting for this short film, one of the director’s strongest works. The ceaseless motion of liquid in an elaborate fountain-system is given close study in high-contrast black and white…jets, streams and droplets dance madly to classical music as the water becomes seemingly enlivened with a zoetic personality. The mood shifts with the music’s dramatic rise-and-fall, being somber and wintry one moment, majestic and powerful the next. Intermittently, a shadowy figure in period costume moves hurriedly through the scenery, adding even further mystique to the proceedings.

Mesmerizing in its organic beauty…a small masterwork. 9/10


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Public on May 6, 2020

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