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Fascinated by movement


Dance and film
Jules Engel Film-maker
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The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo was a very big thing in my life. That turned me around completely. When you get people like [Henri] Matisse and [David] Lechine. Then you have Tamara Toumanova, [Irina] Baranova, [Ria] Bouchinska, [Alexandra] Danilova. I mean, they do some things to you or for you, you know? And that's part of, also, that you've been digesting and it's in your gut. And then, of course, there's Martha Graham and all the others, you know? But you're looking at the best and some of that's going to rub off on you and there's no other way. But when you're talking about filmmaking... and painting, you know, it's a canvas. But when you do a film, then you're dealing with something else. Because how long can you go the one direction? You have to have... you have to... this has got to be this long, this has got to be this long and this is going to work. And that eventually happens, you know? That you have to have it from inside.

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: The Ballet Russe de Monte, David Lechine, Henri Matisse, Tamara Toumanova, Ria Bouchinska, Alexandra Danilova, Irina Baranova, Martha Graham

Duration: 1 minute, 27 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2003

Date story went live: 29 September 2010