I looked up Fantasia from a critic from the 1940s from when the movie was first released. He wrote that although the new movie pushed all previous boundaries, there was something to like “for every taste.” The sound was so advanced in the movie that sound systems had to be installed in the theaters the movie was to be shown in. This caused the movie to be only released in a select few theaters, making it a box office failure. The movie did not gain popularity until about 20 years later in the 1960s. One thing I found particularly interesting was how the film was almost a backwards evolution. It went back to classical music and also had no dialogue, two things which were very unusual during the time period. I think it is ironic that the Rite of Spring, the fourth piece in the film’s program, tells the story of the growth of life on Earth. It seems ironic that a movie that is partly focused on evolution uses such an unconventional method of storytelling.
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