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The Idea (1932)

L'idée (original title)
Not Rated | | Short , Animation
When a liberal idea emerges in a tyranny ruled society, power and wealth unite to bring it down.

Director:

Berthold Bartosch

Writer:

Frans Masereel (novel)
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When a liberal idea emerges in a tyranny ruled society, power and wealth unite to bring it down.

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L'idée is often mistaken for being the first movie to use the Ondes Martenot musical instrument. In fact, it is the second. L'idée was made in 1932 but the soundtrack was added in 1934, a few months after the release of the movie Liliom. Liliom had a score composed by Franz Waxman which used the Theremin. Therefore, L'idée is the oldest movie to use the Ondes Martenot, but not the first one. See more »

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French Animation classic.
20 October 2008 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Unique pioneer cut out animation combines the high art imagery with the ambiance of the thirties of Brecht & Weil, Simenon or Marcel Carné. Charitably, the notion of representing artistic aspiration as a naked woman under attack from academics, committees and the law was less simple minded then than it is now that thousands of lesser minds have retreaded it.

What remains impressive is the impact of the stark images backed with Arthur Honneger's score - using the then new Ondes Martinau, as the titles proudly tell us. Honegger's work in film deserves more attention that it's had.


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