JUNIPERS IN JUNE – 3
Random Acts of Unusual Films
This post is part of my various “random acts” videos (Random Acts of Sunshine, Random Acts of Planet Earth, Random Acts of Montreal Memories, Random Acts of Starry Nights.) It is the last of my June series.
New York, June 20, 2011. A clip today from an exceptionally unusual film which somehow manages to combine early 20th century Jazz, bicycles, the Tour de France, dogs, trains, ships, the mafia, elderly women, a quirky unpredictable storyline, but most of all a fantastic style of animation which shows the cities of Paris and New York like never before.
The production design and animation graphics of the film were made by the madly talented Russia-born Montreal artist Evgeni Tomov. Check out his site for more of his work. He has various other styles of animation and interpretation. In the meantime – Random Acts from a very unusual film…..
best viewed in full-screen with the speakers turned up :)
The quote in French I placed at the start of the video? Translation:
“Men,” said the little prince, “set out on their way in express trains, but they do not know what they are looking for. Then they rush about, and get excited, and turn round and round…”
And he added:
“It is not worth the trouble…”
(Chapter XXV,”Le Petit Prince”, Antoine de St-Exupery.)
Other unusual independent films/documentaries featured on this blog with their online versions (there are many more that are embedded in this blog, but for now):
The Red Balloon (In post-war Paris a little boy and a red balloon fall in love.) -click here
Little Deiter Needs to Fly (one of Werner Herzog’s best documentaries – the remarkable true story of a man – Deiter Dengler, a war pilot – who survives against every possible odd.) – click here
Human All Too Human (a documentary on philosopher Nietzsche’s solitude.) – click here
The Wall (A link to Pink Floyd’s timeless existential film based on Jean Paul Sartre’s book of the same name – but in context of the rock world; and with snatches of Roger Waters’ own childhood memories and Syd Barrett’s descent into madness.) – click here.