|Directed by||Mary Ellen Bute|
|Running time||5 minutes|
Tarantella is a five-minute color, avant-garde short film created by Mary Ellen Bute, a pioneer of visual music and electronic art in experimental cinema. With piano accompaniment by Edwin Gerschefski, "Tarantella" features rich reds and blues that Bute uses to signify a lighter mood, while her syncopated spirals, shards, lines and squiggles dance exuberantly to Gerschefski’s modern beat. Bute produced more than a dozen short films between the 1930s and the 1950s and once described herself as a "designer of kinetic abstractions" who sought to "bring to the eyes a combination of visual forms unfolding with the … rhythmic cadences of music." Bute’s work influenced many other filmmakers working with abstract animation during the ‘30s and ‘40s, and with experimental electronic imagery in the ‘50s.
- "Hollywood Blockbusters, Independent Films and Shorts Selected for 2010 National Film Registry". Retrieved September 1, 2012.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Library of Congress document "2010 National Film Registry Announced - News Releases (Library of Congress)" (retrieved on 29 December 2010).
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