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Coming to California


Athletics, rhythm, beauty
Jules Engel Film-maker
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If you are a… good at… as an athlete, there's something in you that has that sense of rhythm that's going to show itself on the canvas or… or on a drawing. It's going to be there, to a degree. I don't want to sound mystic or something, something works there. Something works there. And, and also, because when you see an athlete perform, really a good athlete, really, I mean, there is magic. Also, it's music by itself. But also, it's a drawing by itself. It's a painting by itself. Because it just, it's all one, it's all one, it all comes together. But don't, the negative part is when people doing things that's difficult for them to do, but they're doing it and they look horrible and they look sad and they look mad and they shouldn't do that, maybe they should do something else.

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: Tamara Tracz Bill Moritz

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

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.

Tags: athletics, rhythm, childhood

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008