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The Axe and the Lamp

UK, 1964 (MIFF 1966, Programme 37)

Director: John Halas

A diverting and irreverent cartoon which explores Bruegel's painting of the 'Netherlandish Proverbs'. The painting attacks sin with the axe of satire, and illuminates with the lamp of pity.

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