I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life. Dr.Seuss

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jiri Trnka - The hand (1965)

I have to share with you this old gem I found on You Tube. I consider this darkly humorous allegory on totalitarianism as a "must see" short film. And still quite relevant today for many parts of the world......
A tragicomic story of a little man who wishes to make a flower-pot for his beloved flower and an almighty and always present hand that forces the man to create a portrait celebrating it. It is a horrifying protest against any violence restraining human freedom, emotions, creative force or life. It is one of the milestones of Czech and world animation. In 1984 the American Film Academy declared it the fifth best animated picture in history.
Created by Jiri Trnka (1912-1969), well-known Czech animator and film director, renowned for his stop motion puppet animations. In all his films he was not only a writer and graphic artist but also an editor, a designer and builder of puppets, and a designer of puppet costumes.

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