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The Periwig-Maker (1999)

Europe; the plague years. A wigmaker, locked in his shop, observes the events and writes about them in his journal. Mostly, we see shrouded bodies, and a young girl who lives in the tavern ... See full summary »

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Steffen Schäffler
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Kenneth Branagh ... Periwig-maker (voice)
Alice Fairhall Alice Fairhall ... Additional Voices (voice)
Roger Law Roger Law ... Additional Voices (voice)
Daren C. Evans Daren C. Evans ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Europe; the plague years. A wigmaker, locked in his shop, observes the events and writes about them in his journal. Mostly, we see shrouded bodies, and a young girl who lives in the tavern across the way that gets progressively sicker. When she dies, the wigmaker goes to the mass grave where she's buried and cuts off her luxurious red hair; he makes himself a wig from it, and soon dies. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Periwig-maker: So in the plague it came to such violence that the people sat still looking at one another, and seemed quite abandoned to despair. But the near-view of death would soon reconcile men, one to another, so that another plague year would reconcile all differences. A close conversing with death would scum off the gall from our tempers, remove the animosities among us, and bring us to see with different eyes than those with which we looked on things before.
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And it is a wonder what will be the fashion after the plague is done as to periwigs, for nobody will dare to buy any haire for fear of the infection - that it had been cut off of the heads of people dead of the plague. Samuel Pepys, 3.9.1665 See more »

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Wonderfully inspired animation
28 January 2005 | by Kylie6See all my reviews

I've watched this short several times and it always leaves me in awe. Steffen Schaffler (director) and his sister Annette (writer) have created a fantastic addition to the cannon of stop-motion films. And it has all the awards to prove it.

"The Periwig-Maker" briefly adapts Daniel Defoe's book "A Journal of the Plague Year" into the running inner monologue (perfectly voiced by Kenneth Branagh) of a shut-in wig designer in London during the plague epidemic.

The story quietly examines, through his unwitting involvement with a courageous little girl, the withdrawn shopkeeper's dilemma of self-preservation versus self-sacrifice. When faced with the threat of our own death, how compassionate are we?

The created "set" of this piece is flawless and the attention to detail is remarkable. Above all else, though, the most hypnotic element is Chris Heyne's dark and heartrending score.

From the first sweeping shot, "The Periwig-Maker" establishes its tone and pulls us into the poignant world of a man who has much to learn about empathy and what makes life worth living.

A dark yet beautiful film.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1999 (UK) See more »

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A parókakészítő See more »

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Dolby Digital

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