A tone poem: two woodland sprites dance about, atop power lines and among flowers and leaves, while being pursued. Everyone spends some time pulling levers to switch trains, too.
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A blond and a raven-haired beauty move with verve and style through a changing landscape. The fabric of their dresses flows and floats, adding to their allure. One loses a shoe. A young man picks it up and pursues them on his bicycle. The gals hide and lose him when he encounters bad weather. They stop to enjoy flowers and then swim in a stream. He finds their clothes; birds snatch them from him and take them to the women, who set off again. A railroad handcart takes them to a switching station; they lock themselves in the control room. He dangles the shoe, they let him in; converging trains take their attention from play. Will they ever get together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 September 2010 (Netherlands)  »

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The Joy of Life  »

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Sophisticated Mongrel
1 October 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

La joie de vivre is a French film made by an English artist with financial backing from America, which makes it something of a mongrel. It's an exuberant, sophisticated animation drawn in an Art Deco style that is strangely reminiscent of those cartoons of the Beatles from Yellow Submarine and similar artwork from the late 60s and early 70s. It follows a couple of sassy young girls, all coltish legs and slim litheness as they commune with nature, engage in a little skinny-dipping and play with trains. As they play they are pursued by a young man on a bicycle; although initially elusive and unattainable, they eventually succumb to his charms and accept a coggy on his bike. There's something of the free spirit about this charming little film – and it highlights the different directions European and American schools of animation were taking in the early 1930s.


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