Summary Of Bert Haanstra's Glas

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Bert Haanstra’s ‘Glas’ is a short film made in 1958. The film focussed on the process of glass making where two different methods of the process have been screened. Firstly it showed how human beings i.e. skilled individuals are blowing the glasses and making artistic pieces out of it like decorative materials, bottles, and cups etc, followed by the large scale mass production of bottles carried out by machines. A closer look into the film reveals that there are three clearly defined chapters. In the first chapter we see the improvisatory method of glass blowing where artisans are applying their individual artistic abilities in order to create glass objects with a unique art impression whereas the second chapter demonstrates the mechanical…show more content…
In the first chapter we see individual artisans blowing glass, making glass objects in their own ways with their own artistic aspirations accompanied by the Jazz music. As Jazz is a musical form which is totally based on improvisation, having no rigidly defined structure, it successfully accompanies the process of glass blowing which is more of an art than a mechanical production. In the jazz track the choice of instrument, the melody improvisation is made initially by vibraphone as vibraphone is an instrument that makes a sound which is very close to the cling of a glass. Another important instrument that is used is saxophone, when the glass is being blown. The choice of the wind instrument i.e. Saxophone is working very well with the sight of people blowing the glass. The rhythm of the music and the melody improvisation patterns merge well with the visuals. The editing is done in such a way that whatever we see on the screen matches perfectly with the melody improvisation and the rhythmic structure. After a point in first chapter itself when we see intense actions suddenly piano is introduced which signifies the intense activities that are going on. For example: when the person is revolving a glass. Here the melody improvisation is mainly meant on saxophone and piano. The mood remains calm and pleasant throughout the first

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