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Optical Poetry: The Life and Work of Oskar Fischinger Hardcover – May 12, 2004

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"At last! A full biography of Oskar Fischinger, arguably the greatest and the most influential artist of abstract or 'absolute' cinema. This informative book, written with insight and candor by film historian Dr. William Moritz, is an important contribution to our knowledge of alternative filmmaking seen through the life and art of a unique visionary" — John Canemaker, Professor/Director Animation Studies, New YorkUniversityTischSchoolof the Arts

(John Canemaker, Professor/Director Animation Studies, New YorkUniversityTischSchoolof the Arts)

"... an important addition to animation scholarship and the history of the avant garde and a fitting tribute to Moritz's own passionate dedication to Fischinger's career." —

About the Author

William Moritz, a filmmaker and writer, is on the faculty of the CalArts School of Film/Video. His 34 experimental and animation films have screened at museums in Paris, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, among others. He has published widely on animation history.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Libbey Publishing (May 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253343488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253343482
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,248,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had never heard of Oskar Fischinger until I came across his "Kreise", and was surprised that such a work had been conceived in 1933. It predates and anticipates today's synchronized light shows, abstract music videos, and even Winamp visualizations.

Nevertheless, Fischinger remains a relative unknown. Thankfully William Moritz's biography provides a great deal of information on Fischinger's life and artistic influences. It is rather short, but it makes up for this with generous color illustrations throughout, which are definitely worth the price of admission. A complete descriptive filmography and a collection of "statements" from people who knew Fischinger round out the book.

It's a good book (if not the only book) for learning more about Fischinger and his work.
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