Wednesday, February 22, 2012

La Folie du Docteur Tube - 1915

Country: France
Director: Abel Gance
Writer: Abel Gance
Stars: Albert Dieudonné
Also known as: La follia del dottor Tube (Italy)
Production Co: Le Film d'Art
Runtime: USA: 6 min  | USA: 10 min (DVD version)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Short
In this early short film from the pioneering Abel Gance, a scientist playing around with some white powder in his lab, begins either changing his body or how he sees the world, I couldn't figure out which. Regardless, this allows Gance to use trick mirrors to distort the picture. Then more people wander in, more powder gets thrown around, more distortion (until 80% of the screen is incomprehensible), until things are finally restored to normal.  

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