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Oskar Fischinger
Due to financial adversity, German filmmaker Oskar Fischinger created one of cinema’s more unique films. Finding himself in severe debt in the summer of 1927 to his family and his landlady (she held one of his inventions as well as other equipment hostage), Fischinger escaped his creditors by slipping out of Munich and walking to Berlin -- a trip of 350 miles!

Walking along country roads so as not to be seen by bill collectors, he snapped single frame shots with a 35mm camera of the people and landscapes he encountered along the way. Pieced together, this resulted in the four-minute film Walking from Munich to Berlin, which preserved forever a rare and delightful look at a rural life that has long disappeared.

Later, despite the Nazi's strict policies restricting avant garde filmmaking, Fischinger achieved success as a commercial filmmaker. His 1933 film Circles utilized the new three-color process Gasparcolor. Highlighted by a dynamic flow of colorful circles, embedded in this brilliant film was the message “Advertising reaches all circles of society.”


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