The soundtrack is Modest
Mussorgsky's composition, Saint John's Eve on Bald Mountain,
which inspired by Russian literary works and legend on the theme of
a witches' sabbath.
Alexeieff projected it onto the
screen with pinscreen animation which invented by himself in 1931.
This loosely structured approach presents both delightful and at
times horrifying imagery, a scarecrow blows down, animals flee, a
horse gallops by, a woman's figure tumbles through space. Forms
appear and become grotesque. The phantasmagoric is everywhere
The pinboard on which Alexeieff
created his extraordinary black and white films is an upright
perforated board, into which a million headless steel pins have been
inserted. The pins can be raised or lowered, so as to produce