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Chromophobia (1966)

An invading army destroys all color in a harmless town and brings it in a state of depression. Then a jester arrives.



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Soldiers take over a town, removing all color, pets, and art. Residents are imprisoned; a decorative building becomes a guard tower; the cock at the top of a dome is pulled down and replaced with a raven. But irrepressible impulses remain, especially in a child with her watering can and an artist with his paintbrush. A flower gives rise to a jester who counterattacks. Is the seed mightier than the sword? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not as innocent as it seems
3 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Many who have seen Chromophobia of Raoul Servais see it as an amusing and funny short animated film with no underlying message whatsoever. Certainly no political message. In fact, Chromophopia is not as innocent as it seems. Servais expresses his anti-communist vision in the film. Artistic freedom and creativity were important to Servais, and he saw communism as an enemy for this creativity. Also you have to view this film in his time (1966). Raoul Servais received the prize for "Best Animated Film" at the Venice Film Festival. He would never have won that prize if he made the political message in his film so obvious.

Anyway I find it brilliant how Servais used the very thin line between his political stance and artistic expression.

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