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The legendary Ladislaw Starewicz created some of the most imaginative and loveliest works of puppet animation ever filmed. While working in Russia, he directed his first classic "The Cameraman's Revenge" (1912), a story of love and infidelity among the insects, and the recently rediscovered "The Insect's Christmas" (1913), a dazzlingly beautiful film of the Yuletide celebrations of a Christmas-tree ornament and his tiny friends. After relocating to Paris, Starewicz made the political allegory "Frogland" (1922), the gorgeous hand-colored fable "Voice of the Nightingale" (1923), the irresistible "The Mascot" (1933), and the snowland fantasy "Winter Carousel" (1958). Starewicz's grasshoppers, dogs, frogs, dolls and other creatures portray heroics and follies with an exuberance of humor and invention. They will delight viewers both young and old!
The six shorts on this presentation offer animation buffs a look at the work of the pioneer stop-motion artist Ladislas Starewicz (1882-1965), whose films have been difficult to find in the West. Born in Moscow to a family of Polish origin, Starewicz displayed early interests in photography and entomology. He began experimenting with animation in 1910, when the stag beetles he wanted to film fighting refused to cooperate. These experiments led to The Cameraman's Revenge (1912), a droll tale of insect infidelity. Starewicz's most satisfying films involve insects and other bizarre creatures. The Frogs Who Wanted a King (1922), an adaptation of Aesop's fable, is crowded with the odd little amphibians who petition Jupiter for a king--and pay dearly for their folly. The eerie revels held by a devil doll and his grotesque, skeletal followers in the live-action and animation combination The Mascot (1933) are far more entertaining than the adventures of the little stuffed puppy whose heart is a mother's tear. The scenes of the puppy and the saccharine sequences in The Voice of the Nightingale recall the criticisms leveled at Starewicz's feature, Le Roman de Renard (The Tale of the Fox, 1937): the images are often beautiful, but the pacing is very slow, with little acting in the animation. Contains bizarre imagery and minor violence; suitable for ages 12 and older. --Charles Solomon
A must for all stop motion fans. A character from a Tool video is in one of the stories.Published 2 months ago by Novice
Excellent service and item, rare to find. One of the first animated movies in trick film, interesting to study, funny to watch.Published 23 months ago by Robert Michler
What an incredible and clever work of art. Mind blowing and way way ahead of it's time. This man is a genius.Published on May 13, 2013 by M. Herholz
A number of "boutique labels" have started using the DVD-R and CD-R/Made-On-Demand format for some of their older inventory. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Bob S
I had been looking for the works of THIS artist since 1986.
WOW..what a find. Any fan of animation will enjoy this
It's been about 8 years since I first heard the name Ladislas Starevitch. Then someone told me it was Ladislaw Starewicz. Sigh. Read morePublished on September 27, 2006 by cinephile
Cold wars apart, "The Cameraman's Revenge & Other Fantastic Tales" gives us a great complement for the already aesthetically enjoyable collection (visually, narratively and... Read morePublished on July 13, 2005 by E.Levi
Starewicz's films are AMAZINGLY done, considering how much of his work was done in the 1910's. That aside, his stories, are funny, touching, and full of heart. Read morePublished on June 8, 2005 by Fiona
Wow. I was very impressed with Starewicz's work. More so than I had expected to be. Not only is it stand alone brilliant but you can clearly see where and how animators like... Read morePublished on March 6, 2005 by K. P. Brown