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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Shadows and Souls

Author: Polaris_DiB from United States
5 November 2005

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.


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Another lovely work of art from Georges Schwizgebel

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
2 November 2008

This weekend, I discovered the animated films of Georges Schwizgebel and was very, very impressed. First, they look nothing like other animation--the style is truly unique. Second, his painting on glass technique has allowed him to make short films that look like living and moving paintings. Instead of the traditional narratives found in cartoons, his work is more like something that should be exhibited in an art museum and no attempt is made to make the paintings commercially oriented. Instead, each film is accompanied with great music and the paintings move in perfect harmony with the sound.

In this case, it's the story of a man who loses his shadow and then travels the world--and I assume this is in order to make up for this loss. Fortunately by the end of the film he finds his niche--a place where not having a shadow is of a great advantage.

Beautiful from start to finish, this is a delight.

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Bold and rich animation

Author: farweltered88 from Afghanistan
24 August 2005

A groovy tango-soundtrack propels a striking feature following a man who sells his shadow to the devil.

The art feels familiar yet unique, as we follow silhouetted figures around a vaguely malevolent-feeling townscape - impossible to locate in terms of time or place.

This geopgraphical abstraction and sense of individual loss (of the guy wondering around with no shadow) achieves an otherworldliness and isolation that made me think of "The Trial", though that's just my interpretation, and possibly it's the wrong one cause overall there's none of Kafka's absurdity/bleakness; instead a sense of magic and exoticism.

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