Lawrence Jordan took not only the music but the title from Erik Satie. These three pieces are probably the most famous of Satie's musical series. The precise sense of the word "gymnopédies" is unknown. Etymologically it denotes the goings on of named (gymno) children (paidos); yet here the word might also connote the gymnastics or even, in its zoological sense, the affairs of infant birds. Just how much Jordan has researched the title is unknown. Perhaps he takes the word, as it has surely become, as a sign for Satie, whose spirit permeates the film; a spirit both wistful and Rosicrucian.
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Wonderfully radical and dadaist just like the music of Satie. A tour de force of anarchic images that interweave a powerful statement.
I enjoyed listening to my all-time favorite piece of music but the Monty Python-esque, steampunkish mishmash of forced allegory did not suit Satie's aural vision of serenity at all. Too "arty" for my blood.
Delightful animation combined with Satie's "Gymnopedies". What else could one ask for?
Not crazy about the colors, and nothing much held it together for me, though it's pleasant to watch. It seems meaningless, though pretty. I do like the final image quite a bit.
It's blue hue gives the video a somber feel which is only furthered by the lone piano playing.