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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
  • Whazzat?’ (1975) 10m, dir. Art Pierson. Here, nondescript clay figures attempt to identify an elephant.
"It was a similar break-through that won for a film called "Whazzat?" the Grand Prix of this year's animation festival. Arthur P. Pierson of Chicago animated clay to retell an 11th-century Arabic folk tale about six blind men. In an amazing scene—amazing because it manages to communicate strong emotion with featureless clay figures and without dialogue—the six blind men try to cross a chasm. One of the little figures stretches itself across the chasm to make a bridge. Four of the others cross their pal (literally, not dishonorably), then wait on the other side for the last little guy to cross over. But he is immobilized by fear. So they hop up and down, urging him on. Finally, he tries, only to have the bridge collapse and leave him dangling over the chasm. Fortunately, the blind buddies on the cliff quickly haul him up and soon they are all jumping for joy." --John Culhane via http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9901E1D71E3FE53BBC4152DFB667838E669EDE




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