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Thursday

esoteric animation ~ Ladislaw Starewicz

Ladislaw Starewicz
 the Russian-Polish filmmaker/director, who pioneered the art of stop-motion animation in 1910 with his film Lucanus Cervus, and who spent the next 50 years creating nearly 100 shorts and feature-length films that comprise one of the most inventive and influential bodies of work in the history of cinema. But despite all of his technical and artistic achievements, even as we celebrate the centenary of his first triumph, in the West his name remains almost completely unknown to all but the most esoteric animation buffs.

 Like all of the greatest filmmakers, Starewicz did more than just create films; he used the craft of cinema to invent an utterly unique, self-contained world, one that reflected his own unadulterated artistic vision. His films could be bizarre, surreal, funny, disturbing, and deeply touching, sometimes all within the same scene. It was sometimes unclear if they were intended for children or adults. Like the filmmakers who carry his influence (Terry Gilliam, Jan Svankmajer, the Quay brothers, Tim Burton, and Wes Anderson among them), his films exist somewhere in between the realms of disturbing adult darkness and innocent childlike whimsy.
{ read full articlce ~ http://brightlightsfilm.com/71/71starewicz_kewley.php ~ by Pat Kewley is an artist, writer, and film fan living in Buffalo, New York. More of his writing can be found on Salon.com and McSweeneys.net. He can be reached through his website,www.patkewleyisgreat.com.}

A few of his wonderous works..

 Le Rat des villes et le champs (1926) The Town Rat and the Country Rat

and 
The Insects Christmas ~ 1913

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