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The Man with No Shadow (2004)

L'homme sans ombre (original title)
A solitary man without a shadow rises from his desk, dons his hat, and leaves his apartment. He walks through a city to a large door, knocks, shows his invitation, and is admitted to a ... See full summary »

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Adelbert von Chamisso (novel)
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A solitary man without a shadow rises from his desk, dons his hat, and leaves his apartment. He walks through a city to a large door, knocks, shows his invitation, and is admitted to a colorful scene. He walks through drawing rooms and gardens. He speaks with a man in a top hat who offers him a life of romance, but in that life there is betrayal. Is there a place in the world for our man without a shadow? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Interesting retake on a classic of European Literature
18 January 2017 | by ImdbidiaSee all my reviews

The Man without a Shadow is a retake on a 19th century German novella written by a French expatriate Adelbert von Chamisso and fits well with some other Faustian novels that we still considered classics, even though they were written later on: Goethe's Faust and Wilde's the Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild. The theme of our identity and soul being for sale in exchange of something permeates the three.

This animated film presents the whole story with some final modifications, and brings it to a more modern time, not the present, but perhaps the 1950s.

This is a story about the repercussions of selling yourself for the riches, of the dark side of betraying yourself, how redemption is always at hand, in your hands.

The animation design is very artistic, painterly and with a great influence of De Chirico: the same bold flat colors, the same long shadows, ample spaces, Renaissance-like buildings, endless arcades, and so on. However, the characters aren't as indebted to the Italian painter. Despite this being a very modern short, the animation feels chunky and stiff regarding the movement, with still images sustained for too long and poor character movement in general. To me, the best animated scenes are the square-interlinked animation that precedes the initial title credits and the very organic succession of landscapes of the last part of the film.

I thought that the rhythm of the film was not good. There are unnecessary elements that slow the film at the beginning, like the main character's opening walk, while other bits that needed more time to be developed are hurried up unnecessarily.

Not my cup of tea, but a good short overall.


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Country:

Canada | Switzerland

Language:

French

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12 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Człowiek bez cienia See more »

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