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78 Tours (1986)

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A waltz played with an accordion starts a short story about the running time.

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The circle of life. A child sits alone on a playground merry-go-round. All around are images of life: a woman reclining, a couple standing. These images revolve as accordion music fills the air. Circular images - the rim of a coffee cup, the merry-go-round, a record - and couples turning in dance suggest the pleasures and connectedness of life. However, the film also returns to a solitary man alone in a flat. Some staircases are circular and lead to meetings between men and women. The staircase outside his flat is angular. Is he alone and outside the circle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Just lovely
2 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the second film by Georges Schwizgebel that I have seen this weekend. The first was "La Course à l'abîme" (1992) and I scored it a 10 because it was an absolute artistic triumph--like a great work of art come to life. Here with "78 Tours" (1985), there is a similar idea though it lacks the complexity of the later film--probably because by then Schwizgebel had further perfected his craft. Now this is NOT to say that "78 Tours" is a bad film--it's just a bit shorter and less amazing to watch--though it, too, is really amazing and lovely to watch.

Both films are unique because they are animated shorts that appear to have been done from paintings! It's as if paintings come to life and move fluidly to the music and it must have taken a huge amount of time to complete. In fact, of all the things I thought of as I watched, I remember clearly thinking "how did they do that??". A fascinating film that is almost like stepping inside a painting.


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