Eaux d'Artifice (1953)





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Set to the "Winter" concerto in Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Eaux d'Artifice focuses on columns of water jets from the Tivoli Fountains and features a mysterious, masked woman, "the Water Witch," darting in and out of the scenes. Although the film was shot in black-and-white, it was printed through a cyan filter to give the artificial appearance of being filmed at night. The fan held by the the Water Witch is hand-painted lime green, and the witch itself is played by a midget in order to give a false sense of scale.
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
Directed By:


Camilla Salvatorelli
as The Water Witch

Critic Reviews for Eaux d'Artifice

All Critics (2)

The most aesthetically pleasing of Anger's shorts.

Full Review… | March 30, 2013
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February 14, 2013

Audience Reviews for Eaux d'Artifice

Kenneth Anger's short blue tinted film showing a French Aristocrat type wandering around a Garden of Fountains with lots of flowing and bubbling water...the images are quite hypnotic. It is an interesting experimental film with a lot of beautiful images in it's short running time.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

A Marie Antoinette-type character walks around an incredible outdoor array of fountains located in Tivoli, Italy. The film image: tinted blue. The soundtrack: Vivaldi. Spurting water everywhere, and lots of grimacing gargoyles. At a mere 12 minutes, the film doesn't wear out its welcome. Lovely.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


Absolutely beautiful and hypnotic. More blue as in Rabbit's Moon, but this time applied to shit-tons of water. It's strange how quickly Anger can make twelve minutes go by.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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