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.


Camilla Salvatorelli
as The Water Witch

Critic Reviews for Eaux d'Artifice

All Critics (3)

Rousing look at fountains, stairways and the geometry of flowing water.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The most aesthetically pleasing of Anger's shorts.

Mar 31, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eaux d'Artifice

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
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