Beauty and the Beast: Russian Animation

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This is a 1952 Soviet film adaptation of a variation on the Beauty and the Beast story called 'The Scarlet Flower', written by Sergey Aksakov in 1858. This story focuses much more on the bargain made between the unseen beast and the girl's father when he touches the scarlet flower on the magical island that is the beast's home than in the versions most American audiences are familiar with..

The animation technique in use here is called rotoscoping. Actors were filmed in costume doing their character movements, then traced frame-by-frame to create what was supposed to be a more realistic animation. In fact, rotoscoping often produces a curiously lifeless movement in conflict with the more fantastic backgrounds.

 

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Hilarious 1970s Horror Movie Trailers

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Overwrought, hysterical, panicked, demented, distressed, hilarious. How have I missed these?

 

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PostHuman: Science Fiction Animation

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From Colliculi Productions comes this violent NSFW sci-fi short. I like sci-fi with hackers and exploding heads.

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Experimental Film Great Stan Brakhage Interviewed in 1973

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This is a fascinating 1973 television interview of the great American experimental filmmaker, Stan Brakhage. He made a fantastic career utilizing mostly the technique of painting, scratching, and inking directly on the surface of the celluloid. His films are mysterious, mesmerizing and absolutely gorgeous. They are also profound works of art. Here, Brakhage talks to documentary filmmaker Robert Gardner about his filmmaking philosophy and techniques. Several of his films are shown as he makes comments about them. This is essential viewing if you are interested in experimental film.

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Evil Mickey Mouse Invades Japan in 1936 War Propaganda Cartoon

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Japan made this early war propaganda cartoon featuring an invasion led by an evil Mickey Mouse. Most endearing. Probably still warming the hearts of children everywhere.

 

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The Meeting: 1984 Science Fiction Animation from Ukraine

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This is an extraordinary 1984 science fiction animation from the Soviet era Ukrainian film studio known as Kievnauchfilm. Aliens visit the earth to investigate whether humans have any knowledge of the reality behind UFOs.

Here’s a link to another animation from this studio. Stephen King’s ‘Battleground’ short story.

 

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