7.2/10
350
3 user

The Man with No Shadow (2004)

L'homme sans ombre (original title)
A solitary man without a shadow rises from his desk, dons his hat, and leaves his apartment. He walks through a city to a large door, knocks, shows his invitation, and is admitted to a ... See full summary »

Writer:

(novel)
Reviews
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Cow (1989)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the Russian countryside, a family lives next to a railroad track. A boy remembers when he and his parents had a cow, living off its milk and using it as a beast of burden. The cow has a ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Petrov
Stars: Nikolai Gusarov, Lyubov Teplova, Kostya Panov
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A series of dark and troubling events forces Bill to reckon with the meaning of his life - or lack thereof.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Stars: Don Hertzfeldt
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Taipei. A voice off-camera looks back ten years to 2000, when Vicky was in an on-again off-again relationship with Hao-Hao. She's young, lovely, and aimless. He's a slacker. Cigarettes and ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Qi Shu, Jack Kao, Chun-hao Tuan
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Oskar Fischinger
At 3:25 (1924)
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Henri Rollan, Charles Martinelli, Louis Pré Fils
The Witch (1906)
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A penniless troubador consults the Fairy Carabosse about his future, but offends her by paying with a bag of sand. He evades the Fairy's revenge, and saves the beautiful princess.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds all the voices of the earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán
Stars: Patricio Guzmán, Raúl Zurita
Alice (1988)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.

Director: Adam Elliot
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kamahl, John Flaus
Jeu (2006)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Against the background of Sergei Prokofiev's "Scherzo" from 'Piano Concerto, No. 2, Op.16', various visual games of movement and transformation are presented for the viewer. These visual ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Schwizgebel
78 Tours (1986)
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Director: Georges Schwizgebel
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A musical exploration of the world and all the creatures in it.

Director: Georges Schwizgebel
Edit

Storyline

A solitary man without a shadow rises from his desk, dons his hat, and leaves his apartment. He walks through a city to a large door, knocks, shows his invitation, and is admitted to a colorful scene. He walks through drawing rooms and gardens. He speaks with a man in a top hat who offers him a life of romance, but in that life there is betrayal. Is there a place in the world for our man without a shadow? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Short | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

12 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek bez cienia  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited into The Animation Show 2005 (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Shadows and Souls
5 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Expressionism and Surrealism are most typical conceits for artistic film, but this one seems more Impressionistic. It starts with a light revolving around a cube and the shadows that are created from it, and then it leads into a story that seems to be about a man who sells his soul (shadow) to the devil for money and women, but then finds out that both are useless since nobody trusts him or likes him because he doesn't have a shadow, so he hunts for it to get it back.

Beyond just dealing with shadows as a subject, it focuses on exploring shadows artistically. As a whole, the work is dizzying and hard to grasp as not only is the light constantly changing but the viewpoint is changing at the same time, almost like we're some sort of God-like omniscient figure that is playing the spin-until-you-fall game.

However, it provides excellent ways of creative transitions, where space and time are not just transcended by movement, cuts, and dissolves, but by perspective. Oftentimes we zoom in to a shadow walking away, only to zoom out from it again and, though it hasn't really changed, it's now heading the opposite direction and in a new environment.

It's certainly very amazing, though dizzying.

--PolarisDiB


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD? aescheller
Discuss The Man with No Shadow (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page