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La demoiselle et le violoncelliste (1965)

A cellist attempts to rescue a woman swept out to sea, only to find he must battle a series of overly possesive sea creatures.
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On a bright summer's day in the early 20th century, a young man sits on a cliff by the sea to practice his cello. Unfortunately, the young man's ferocious playing style rouses up a storm which causes the waves to sweep a young woman (who was gathering shrimp by the shore) out to sea. The heroic cellist dives in to save the woman and finds himself battling some sea creatures for posession of both the woman and his cello. Written by Dan Yates <kamerad76@hotmail.com>

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2 June 1965 (France)  »

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The Lady and the Cellist  »

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It's not my cup of tea
2 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The first thing that hits you about this short is the unusual way they animated the film. Instead of traditional animation, it appears as if paintings were created and then sliced apart so that the characters or ocean moved when the separate pieces were moved each time the film was exposed. This stop-motion style is similar to the animation of Terry Gilliam on the "Monty Python" TV show, but instead of using existing artwork, the makers of LA DEMOISELLE ET LE VIOLONCELLISTE painted them in what appears to be oil or tempera. It's very odd and not exactly a style I liked very much.

As for the story, the whole things a bit surreal and might make your head hurt if you think too much about it. A cellist is playing on the cliffs overlooking the ocean when a lady is swept away to her assumed death. He quickly gets a boat to save her, but in the end they both drown. Here's where it gets weird. They both are then shown at the bottom of the sea and they look happy and very much alive. Then some sea creatures fight and the couple go take a peek at life on land. In the end, they chose to go back to their life under the sea.

So apart from odd artwork the story was totally bizarre. Some might really like it, but it just wasn't my cup of tea, so to speak. Unusual but not especially likable.

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