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Moonlight Sonata

Lawrence Jordan

USA, 1979
5 minutes, Colour, Sound, 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm

Animated to the rhythms of Eric Satie’s Gnossienne V. The moon and moonlight are the guiding lights of this visual interpretation, and I have kept the backgrounds in soft greens and blues. Only the cosmic tumbler, whose enigma is emphasised by his red colour, breaks this pattern. Satie’s music simplified and refined the imagery, made it the celestial circus I have always dreamed of. Sonata begins a new phase in my animation. I am finally getting in touch with the real poetry possible here. All works of Art seem to come ready made with their own set of rules. And in this film only very simple movements were permitted. – L.J.