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Cowboys

UK, 1992 (MIFF 1992, Animation)

Director: Phil Mulloy

Utilizing the cowboy-western genre as a theme from which to draw his disturbing images, Phil Mulloy has created a highly entertaining collection of rough and gritty animation shorts, painterly and expressionistic in style His bristly brush loaded mainly with black ink, and sharp pen sometimes dripping red, a blunt and frank expose of the human condition is sketched — one rather dark, morbid, obsessive and absurd predicament to ride roughshod over any idyllic notions agamst a bleak desert landscape witty pictures and words are fired point-blank at our collective psyche Deadly serious in theme, yet poignantly funny in exe­cution, and oftentimes visually poetic (SS)

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The History of the World Episode 65

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The Sound of Music

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Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

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