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La joie de vivre (1934)

A tone poem: two woodland sprites dance about, atop power lines and among flowers and leaves, while being pursued. Everyone spends some time pulling levers to switch trains, too.
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A blond and a raven-haired beauty move with verve and style through a changing landscape. The fabric of their dresses flows and floats, adding to their allure. One loses a shoe. A young man picks it up and pursues them on his bicycle. The gals hide and lose him when he encounters bad weather. They stop to enjoy flowers and then swim in a stream. He finds their clothes; birds snatch them from him and take them to the women, who set off again. A railroad handcart takes them to a switching station; they lock themselves in the control room. He dangles the shoe, they let him in; converging trains take their attention from play. Will they ever get together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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La Joie de vivre was one French animated short I was astounded by
22 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Just watched this on the Europa Film Treasures site. It's an animated short from France and has sophisticated images of multiple electrical wires with two women dancing along on them, a man on a bike pursuing them, and some swans in a pond by a waterfall where the women go nude bathing. It's also accompanied by music that guides the animation to abstract places. Such a pleasure to see some of these rare treasures on the unique site I've visited quite often for some time now. They really offer some rare gems there! Despite being made some seventy-plus years now, La Joie de vivre really seems modern especially with the black-and-white look. Oh, and there's one final sequence involving trains that really has to be seen to be believed. So on that note, La Joie de vivre comes highly recommended.


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