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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The Joy of Life  »

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An odd little French art cartoon.
11 September 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Considering I now have over 9000 film reviews to my credit, I will apparently watch just about anything--and this sort of strange movie is certainly an odd one to review and qualifies for the "just about thing" classification! It is included as an odd little extra with the 1934 French film "Mauvaise Graine" ("Bad Seed").

"La Joie de vivre" ("The Joy of Life") is a very hard film to describe and I can guarantee that it's not a film most will enjoy. Despite being a cartoon, this ain't Popeye but an art film with strong Art Deco/Bauhaus/Art Nouveau influences...seriously. It is a black & white cartoon with very simple animation by today's standards. It consists of two nymph-like women cavorting about among freaking enormous flowers and a 'dangerous' man chasing them. There is no real narrative and the film is dialog-free. It's interesting...at first and probably mostly of interest to artists and niche viewers.


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