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Pictures at an Exhibition

Japan, 1966 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Tezuka's second major animation short. Pictures at an Exhibition is Tezuka's inspired response to Disney's Fantasia. Much of Disney's works did not reach Japan until the late 40s, and the advances that Disney displayed in Snow White and Fantasia hit Japanese animators with great force. Tezuka has often been characterized as the 'Japanese Disney'. Certainly he was influenced by Disney, but Tezuka also retained his own personal vision. Pictures... verges on the ostentatious at times, yet it remains a breathtaking ride through various moods and dynamics. based on Musorgsky's famous image-narrative score, the version for this film was arranged and conducted by Isao Tomita. On rare occasions, Pictures... was screened with live orchestral accompaniment.

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