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Sisyphus (1974)

The film is an artistically spare depiction of the Greek myth of Sysiphus, sentenced to eternally roll a stone up a mountain. The story is presented in a single, unbroken shot, consisting ... See full summary »

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Marcell Jankovics
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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The film is an artistically spare depiction of the Greek myth of Sysiphus, sentenced to eternally roll a stone up a mountain. The story is presented in a single, unbroken shot, consisting of a dynamic line drawing of Sysiphus, the stone, and the mountainside. Written by scgary66

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Country:

Hungary

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Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sísifo See more »

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General Motors recycled the short into their 2008 Super Bowl commercial. Director Marcell Jankovics used the money he received from the deal to fund The Tragedy of Man (2011). See more »

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Featured in Animated Century (2003) See more »

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19 October 2015 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

We in the 21st century are used to seeing flashy animated features. Marcell Jankovics's "Sisyphus" is a welcome surprise. Lasting only two minutes, it features low-key animation to tell the story of a man who must perform the eternal task of pushing a boulder up a mountain. The Eastern Bloc produced a number of plain-looking cartoons that nonetheless managed to tell good stories. After all, good storytelling doesn't require a lot of resources, just talent. There was plenty of that going into them, and this unglamorous production from Hungary deserved its nomination for Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards that year. I recommend it.


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