Drux Flux by Theodore Ushev

The National Film Board of Canada has made Theodore Ushev’s powerful 2008 short Drux Flux available on YouTube. This is a film that benefits greatly from the bigscreen but if you’ve been unable to see it elsewhere, this video offers a glimpse of its fast-cutting layered montage approach. The official synopsis of the film is as follows:

Partly figurative, partly abstract, Drux Flux is an animation film of fast-flowing images showing modern people crushed by industry. Inspired by One-Dimensional Man by the philosopher Herbert Marcuse, the filmmaker deconstructs industrial scenes and their terrifying geometry to show the inhumanity of progress.

Ushev informs me that a 3D anaglyph version of this film (as well as a 3D version of his earlier short Tower Bawher) will soon be posted on a special NFB website.

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  • Saturnome

    I saw it on film at a festival (or more like a single day screening of some animated stuff, that’s the best I have in town) and really liked it. I love the energy, the industrial-like pacing, the soviet graphics, the music… It’s really my kind of stuff.

  • Artisticulated

    Put that same soundtrack over shots of eggs frying in a skillet and you’d have a film about “The Inhumanity of Breakfast”.

    I watched it sans sound. It became an editing exercise. Then I mentally retimed the frenetic cutting and it became a series of interesting, and often beautiful images in mostly muted tones. I enjoyed it more without all the shouting.

  • R.J. Laaksonen

    I may be wrong but I think the whole NFB catalog is on their website.