Monsterlike cranes reign over an inhospitable harbour as prehistorical reptiles. The only human being they accept is a lonesome fisherman. He is to witness a strange encounter between a ship's mate and a mermaid. Imagination or reality?
In a world of odd people and surreal habits, the Queen weeps and wails: her daughter Betty won't wake up. With the court looking on, the King swings into action, jiggling the bed with the ... See full summary »
Soldiers take over a town, removing all color, pets, and art. Residents are imprisoned; a decorative building becomes a guard tower; the cock at the top of a dome is pulled down and replaced with a raven. But irrepressible impulses remain, especially in a child with her watering can and an artist with his paintbrush. A flower gives rise to a jester who counterattacks. Is the seed mightier than the sword?Written by
The message is pretty obvious, but it's still an enjoyable film
The film consists of a tiny army of men entering a town and shooting anything with color--making everything gray and dull. Then, once they obtained control, they put the people into a machine that erases who they are--making everyone the same. All ethnic differences are now gone and everyone is wearing prison garb. Into this horrible new world wanders a red jester. Can he do anything to change this situation or will he, too, become just another gray and miserable person?
CHROMOPHOBIA is a piece of the 1960s that seems to make less sense today than it did back then. First, while the animation is pretty ugly, for a 1960s film it actually looks pretty good. Sure, the frame rate and quality of the artwork is pretty poor, but this was the norm for this time period. Second, its message sure ain't subtle but as another observer pointed out, the message seemed to have a political edge--how Communism at the time was in favor of homogenization and conformity. Seen today, it's an entirely different film.
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