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Train Landscape


Oskar Fischinger's work
Jules Engel Film-maker
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Well, when I first saw Fischinger, that was, you know? I mean, I've never seen anything like that before. And it was just overwhelming. It doesn't mean that it's going to overwhelm everybody but it overwhelmed me because I just have never seen anything like that. And it was something that was just part of you but it sometimes takes an… some incident or something that brings certain things out of you. Or even incidents and such that they change you. But I mean good incidents… that brings a big change in your thinking. And with Oskar, I think, that came over to me, seeing his work and looking at your work you find a quality in that, where naturally he enjoys himself when he does that. I don't think I have to worry about that. But… but Oskar would see good anything that was abstract. And if it wasn't, then comes the other words, you know? That was sort of fun… go with him, yeah.

The late Hungarian-American film-maker Jules Engel is best known for his contribution to the field of animation. His work includes the dance sequences in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and the creation of 'Mr Magoo'. His films and lithographs are housed in museums all over the world and have won many awards.

Listeners: Bill Moritz Tamara Tracz

William Moritz received his doctorate from USC and pursues parallel careers as filmmaker and writer. His forty-four experimental and animation films have been screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, among others. He published widely on Oskar Fischinger, James Whitney, Bruce Conner, the Fleischers and 200 pages of animation history for an AbsolutVodka website. He wrote chapters for the "Oxford History of Cinema", appeared in several television documentaries, curated art exhibits and received a lifetime achievement trophy from the Netherlands Royal Academy for his work with visual music. He has served on film festival juries and received an American Film Institute filmmaking grant. His poetry and plays are also performed and published. He is a leading expert of Oskar Fischinger and recently published a biography of him. He teaches at The California Institute of the Arts.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Oskar Fischinger

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008