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Broken Down Film

Japan, 1985 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures – Osamu Tezuka)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

A string of gags based on 20s-style animation and the self-reflexiveness of Windsor McCay's surreal comic strips from the same period. While the gags are familiar, the extent to which Tezuka pushes the medium's break-down is quite extreme. Tezuka himself considered that if this film Is booed off by the audience, the screening would be a success.

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