Europe; the plague years. A wigmaker, locked in his shop, observes the events and writes about them in his journal. Mostly, we see shrouded bodies, and a young girl who lives in the tavern ... See full summary »

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Europe; the plague years. A wigmaker, locked in his shop, observes the events and writes about them in his journal. Mostly, we see shrouded bodies, and a young girl who lives in the tavern across the way that gets progressively sicker. When she dies, the wigmaker goes to the mass grave where she's buried and cuts off her luxurious red hair; he makes himself a wig from it, and soon dies. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Periwig-maker: So in the plague it came to such violence that the people sat still looking at one another, and seemed quite abandoned to despair. But the near-view of death would soon reconcile men, one to another, so that another plague year would reconcile all differences. A close conversing with death would scum off the gall from our tempers, remove the animosities among us, and bring us to see with different eyes than those with which we looked on things before.
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And it is a wonder what will be the fashion after the plague is done as to periwigs, for nobody will dare to buy any haire for fear of the infection - that it had been cut off of the heads of people dead of the plague. Samuel Pepys, 3.9.1665 See more »

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A thoughtful rendering of a classic Daniel Defoe novel.
26 March 2001 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Siblings Anette (producer)and Steffen (director) Schaffler have created a mesmerizing version of Daniel Defoe's take on the great plague of 1664 in London. Its macabre yet romantic story lends itself perfectly to the extraordinary visuals which wouldn't be out of place in a Tim Burton film. Given that it took the Schafflers 5 years to make their 15 minute animated short (of which 2,5 pre-production) one can imagine how much trouble they took to create their quite astonishing sets. They even went so far as to actually build sets with miniature bricks! In this age of Computer Generated Images it is satisfying to see what effect sheer manual craftsmanship can have on the look of a film. For a great part the sets are responsible for the authenticity of the production. The story handling is sober and the drama never heavy handed. Its rather thoughtful handling of the material might be an obstacle for some of the younger persons in the audience, but I for one enjoyed it very much. I hope Anette and Steffen come up with something new in the near future and hope they take their time producing it!


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