75. Allegretto – Oskar Fischinger

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SUMMARY: Diamonds and oval shapes dance to the upbeat sound of Ralph Rainger’s music.

WHY IT’S HERE: Although it doesn’t quite reach the heights of his previous ‘Komposition in Blau’, Oskar Fischinger’s ‘Allegretto’ has a similar sense of energy and joy. Commissioned to provide a segment for musical comedy ‘The Big Broadcast of 1937, Fischinger created ‘Allegretto’, a beautiful piece that relies strongly on its vibrant colours. Unfortunately, the film was then switched from planned Technicolor to Black and White, leaving only a bastardised version of Fischinger’s original work as usable. Fortunately, the short was released separately in all its colourful glory.

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