The Hearts of Age (1934)

This is Orson Welles' first film. This film was co-directed by Welles with William Vance and also stars Welles' first wife, Virginia Nicholson, as well as Welles himself.
This silent film is a series of images loosely tied together and is arguably influenced by surrealism. The film begins with a rapid-fire montage sequence of a ringing bell, shot at odd angles and shown in both positive and negative.

The Hearts of Age reveals both a keen eye for composition and montage and substantial familiarity with film art.
The final effect is adequately frightening and disconcerting.
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