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CGAA Cinema: Mechanical Principles (1933)

Created by Avante-Garde American filmmaker, Mechanical Principles (1933) is a 10-minute abstract film comprised entirely of engineering demonstration models.

The interesting thing about this film is that it can be considered beautiful in two totally different ways:
  •  firstly, as an abstract cinematic tribute to the machine age, similar to Fritz Lang's use of mechanical components during the opening sequence of Metropolis (1927)
  •  secondly, as a series of elegant solutions - each mechanism featured is a solution to an engineering problem; the unusually-shaped gears in particular are designed to turn a constant input into a specific, varying, output.


  1. This is rather wonderful, Dan - another great find and a completely new one on me - ta very much!


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