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Wladislaw Starewicz

Poland, 1986 (MIFF 1994, Animation Focus - Starewicz)

Director: Wadim Berestowski

A 1986 examination of the master animator, his life, times and work. Long overdue, this documentary covers his pioneering and dedicated work. From his initial scientific films animating insects to his painstaking feature The Tale Of The Fox we see the lengths required to achieve the complex scenes he created. Interviews with his daughter Irina (who collaborated with him on some of the films) and others who worked with him give us insight into the life and work of one of the great cinemagicians.

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The Mascot

Starewicz uses an energetic camera to follow his animated creation through a real, live action world of traffic and danger. The protagonist, a puppy, wonders into the Bosch-like landscape inhabited ... More »

Love In Black and White

A galloping burlesque and sophisticated critique of a variety of genres, and a jab at theatrical temperament (not to mention human behaviour and prejudice), Love In Black And White has Charlie ... More »

The Cameraman's Revenge

Mrs Beetle is involved with a grasshopper artist while Mr Beetle is seeing a dragonfly cabaret performer in Starewicz's parody of human infidelities. An intricate insect drama of (f)lies, deceit and ... More »

Frogland

Starewicz re-animated hundreds of real, albeit dead, frogs to make the chorus line in this lively musical. The spectacle and intricacy of this all singing, all dancing recreation of the old fable The ... More »

THE TALE OF THE FOX

Completed in 1931 Starewicz's masterly puppet animation was arguably the worlds first animated feature, preceding Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs by some seven years. Whilst often referred ... More »

The Rat Catcher

Winner of prizes at the Kracow and Mannheim Festivals, this film is a study of the only man in Poland entrusted with the task of eliminating rats from large factories. To achieve his goal the rat ... More »

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