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Tops (1969)

| Documentary, Short
Various kinds of tops are shown spinning.




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Just another testament to Charles and Ray Eames as true "Renaissance people"
18 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Charles and Ray Eames were, literally, all over the place. Whether making scientific, even classroom-appropriate films (such as "Powers Of Ten"), or creating some of the most popular furniture ever (you've almost definitely seen it yourself, even probably sat in it, and just don't know), they were truly a Renaissance couple (Ray, a woman, was the wife of Charles).

This (approximately) seven-minute, fifteen-second film in particular is a documentary of sorts on spinning tops. No narration or speaking of any kind occurs in the film, and the delightful score by Elmer Bernstein captures well the essence of the material presented. Within the film, several different types of tops (some of them makeshift tops, e.g. a thumbtack) are shown, and spun, and come to rest. As one small boy said upon seeing the film, "Tops are born, they live, and then they die." A fascinating visual excursion through the wonderful world of tops, and a mesmerizing and peaceful stress reliever as well, this film should be seen by all who have access thereto.

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