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Topsy Turvy

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About the film

Being ever resourceful and clever, the Eames used toys to illustrate artistry, again showing how everything is connected.

Toys were in several of the Eames’s films, including “Tops” (1969), a purely visual film that documents the short life span of a spinning top. It’s essentially a silent anthropological film and captures tops from different cultures and eras. The Eames Office contained a menagerie of toys, and it was Charles who once asked rhetorically, “Who would say that pleasure is not useful?” Both films, “Toccata for Toy Trains” and “Tops”, are shot from the extreme perspectives of close-ups – an expressionistic technique that lets the audience experience toys as if from the eyes of a child.

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