Walter Ruttmann - Short films 1921-1925

Running time: 25'

Experimenting with abstract film, Ruttmann made a series of animated films under the name “Opus.” Those fims are experimental audio-visual forms – geometric forms made to classical music, the aim of which was to expand the range of painting onto the audio-visual medium. “Lichtspiel Opus I” was officially presented in front of a bigger audience in 1921 – it was the first public screening of an abstract film in Germany. Making subsequent instalments of the series, Ruttmann improved his technique fundamentally, becoming the leading representative of German film avant-garde of the 1920s.  

Lichtspiel Opus I 
Production: GER 1921, 12‘
Opus II
Production: GER 1922, 4‘

Opus III
Production: GER 1924, 4‘
Opus IV 
Production: GER 1925, 5‘




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