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The Roll-Call (1971)

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An experimental animated short in which a roll call is held for the recently deceased in New York City.

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An experimental animated short in which a roll call is held for the recently deceased in New York City.

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War animation from 1970's Poland
26 June 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a 7-minute, award-winning, animated movie by the late Polish director Rszard Czekala. He was not even 30 when he made this back in 1970. It's an example of animation which is not joyful and bright, but black-and-white and scarily atmospheric. The language is German, but it's basically just a couple words repeated again and again. "Nieder!" means "Down!". "Auf!" means "Up!". and "Feuer"" means "Fire!" These are the commands shouted by the general in charge. The soldiers depicted in here look pretty intimidating and there is something spooky about the entire short film. It wasn't bad, but not really interesting to watch either. Even if it depicts the horrors of war realistically (or maybe because of that), I don't feel a need to watch it anytime soon again I have to say.


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