Lichtspiel Opus I, produced, directed, animated and edited by Walter (Walther) Ruttmann for Ruttmann-Film GmbH; original music by Max Butting; original length: 243 m; original format: 35 mm, 1:1.33, hand-colored: censorship number: M.00789, 29 october 1921; previewed 1 April 1921 in Frankfurt, U.T im Schwan; premiere: 27 April 1921, Berlin Marmorhaus.
Walter (Walther) Ruttmann (28 December 1887 — 15 July 1941) was a German film director and along with Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling and Oskar Fischinger was an early German practitioner of experimental film. Dadaist Hans Richter’s Rhythmus 21 was the first abstract film (1921) but „Lichtspiel Opus I“ of Walter Ruttmann was the first abstract animation to be screened publicly (1921).
Max Butting died in 1976, that means 39 years ago.
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Music: Kevin Mac Leod (incompetch.com) licensed under Creative Commons licence: Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0).