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Brothers Quay, Street of Crocodiles (1986)

The influence of Bruno Schulz on the Brothers Quay

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Once Upon a Time (Był sobie raz…), Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica (1957)

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, 2011, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

One of the animated short films that was nominated for an Academy Award. It won last night. About beautiful books and the power of stories. Lovely.

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Stefan Schabenbeck, Everything is a Number (Wszystko jest liczbą), 1967

Couldn’t help thinking that this is like some kind of political, artistic Sesame Street on ‘shrooms

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Jan Lenica & Walerian Borowczyk, The House (Dom), 1958

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Cameraman’s Revenge, 1912, Władysław Starewicz

Starewicz was a Polish-Russian animator (stop-motion, puppet) who often used bugs as the protagonists in his films. The Cameraman’s Revenge is about jealousy and extramarital affairs among insect couples. Pretty weird conceptually, but the fact that this film was made in 1912 (100 years ago!) is absolutely amazing, given the minute attention to detail and the somehow expressive articulation, revealed essentially through precise and poignant gestures, of his anthropodal characters.

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Ruka (The Hand), 1965, Jiří Trnka

Czech puppet maker and animator, Trnka is considered a master of East European puppet animation. “The Hand” is not only a classic of the genre, and of film in general, but is also an eloquent and moving political statement against the cruelty of totalitarian regimes.

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Stairs (Schody), 1968, Stefan Schabenbeck

Funny in its way, but also incredibly heartbreaking.

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Labirynt, 1963, Jan Lenica.

A short film by the great Polish artist Jan Lenica — surreal, Kafkaesque, political animation, and fantastically amazing are just some words used to describe this provocative work.

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