Rent Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation (1984)

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Synopsis:
Walerian Borowczyk has worked relentlessly to bring to perfection a special kind of art, an enclave in the world of cinema, a mirror of his challenging mind and lightning inspiration. Long before 'Immoral Tales' (1973) and 'The Beast' (1975), fine artist turned animator Walerian Borowczyk initially made his name with dazzlingly original short films. This edition includes 'Astronauts' (1959), 'The Concert' (1964), 'Grandma's Encyclopaedia' (1963), 'Renaissance' (1963), 'Angels' Games' (1964), 'Joachim's Dictionary' (1966), 'Rosalie' (1966), 'Gavotte' (1968), 'Diptych' (1967), 'The Phonograph' (1969), 'The Greatest Love of All Time' (1977) and 'Scherzo Infernal' (1984).
In 1967, Borowczyk unveiled "a feature-length animated film for mature adults", 'Theatre of Mr. and Mrs. Kabal' (1967), about a grotesquely mismatched but strangely loving couple who inhabit a desert full of strange flora and fauna.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jacques Forgeot
Voiced By:
Louisette Rousseau, Pierre Collet, Louis Jojot, Renata Astruc, Jacqueline Boivin, Edith Catry, Yvonne Landry, Kathy Luc, Maîthé Mansoura, Mei-Chen, Mei Chen Chalais
Writers:
Walerian Borowczyk
Studio:
Arrow Academy
Genres:
Anime & Animation, Children & Family, Classics, Comedy, Documentary, Drama
Countries:
France, Anime & Animation, Children & Family, Classics, Comedy, Documentary, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/09/2014
Run Time:
190 minutes
Languages:
French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Various
Colour:
Colour and B & W
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Terry Gilliam
  • 'Film is Not a Sausage', a documentary about Borowczyk's short films and animation, featuring his collaborators from that time
  • 'Blow Ups', a visual essay about Borowczyk's works on paper
  • Three animated commercials (Holy Smoke!, The Museum, Tom Thumb)
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/09/2014
Run Time:
190 minutes
Languages:
French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Various
Colour:
Colour and B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Terry Gilliam
  • 'Film is Not a Sausage', a documentary about Borowczyk's short films and animation, featuring his collaborators from that time
  • 'Blow Ups', a visual essay about Borowczyk's works on paper
  • Three animated commercials (Holy Smoke!, The Museum, Tom Thumb)

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The mechanics of animation - Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation review by Johannes

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04/09/2021

Walerian Borowczyk's animations are unmistakable, teeming with innuendo, danger, wit and lined with absurdist comedy. His animations are fascinated with the mechanics of animation, of life — similar to the Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer — with things made and unmade, sculpted or taken apart, within their small narratives. There is something Frankenstein about this animation, something crude and raw. Theatre of Mr. and Mrs. Kabal does all of this within its vaudeville skits: here, the eponymous married couple quarrel and make up, fight and love, whilst shrinking and growing to incredible sizes. It's immensely playful and imaginative.

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