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Swinging the Lambeth Walk Len Lye, Music Video – 1939

Swinging the Lambeth Walk

Len Lye, Music Video – 1939

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The Lambeth Walk was a popular 'swing jazz' dance in London in 1939. It included a hand gesture with the Yiddish "Oi!". New Zealand-born filmmaker Len Lye edited together different versions of the music (including Django Reinhardt on guitar and Stephane Grapelli on violin), and combined them with a variety of abstract images painted and scratched directly onto film, without using a camera. The colourful, dynamic animation was made with public money — for the (UK) Ministry of Information — scandalising some government bureaucrats.

 

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