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Cruel, and utterly effective, Peter Foldes' experimentation with computer animation employs a bold speechless narrative to draw attention to the grave effects of consumerism. Who needs ethics when everything is within arm's reach?

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Animated film satire of self-indulgence in a hungry world. Rapidly dissolving, reshaping images, made with the aid of a computer, create a stark contrast between abundance and want. A man eats, at first sparingly, but his appetite grows to gluttony, greed, and gratification of every desire. The nightmare that finally haunts him is the one that hangs over our disparate world. A film without words. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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A surreal commentary about over-eating.
14 May 2000 | by robeykrSee all my reviews

A man seeks to satisfy his every desire until his self indulgence gets the better of him. At a restaurant, he eats and eats and eats and eats and eats... methodically evolving into a multi-mouthed eating machine that consumes everything in sight (example -- one mouth gobbled a pig, whole). In the end this all leaves him a contented obese blubbery mess. But then.....

Considered one of the earliest works of computer animation, I originally saw this film on PBS in 1976. It was/ is a unique commentary about gluttony. Is this showing that this is all right or wrong? My initial response as I watched the character's gluttony progressively strip away his humanity without him even caring seemed to indicate yes. But the ending was chilling; showing the contrast between our world and that of the world of HUNGER (hence the title). The characters fate especially was unsettling. The producer clearly based the film's chilling conclusion on one of the predictions of NOSTRODAMUS:

ON THE PIPE OF THE AIR-VENT FLOOR: SO HIGH WILL THE BUSHEL OF WHEAT RISE, THAT MAN WILL BE EATING HIS FELLOW MAN.


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