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.
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.