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Film Exercise No. 4

USA, 1944 (MIFF 1962, Experimental)

Director: John Whitney, James Whitney

The five film exercises produced by the Whitney brothers are among the most famous abstract films produced by American film artists. This is the longest and most complex. It is divided into four sections, the last of which is a reiteration and extension of the first two.

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