Only minutes before the grand opening for his public performance, a venerable, yet modest Maestro prepares in silence. On his side, as always, his diligent and careful attendant: a mechanical arm which takes care of everything, putting the finishing touches to the virtuoso as time is swiftly ticking away. So, let's open the front curtain and break a leg.Written by
This short animated film shows a great performer preparing to take to the stage in the last few minutes before the curtain rises. With the help of a mechanical arm, a feathered "Maestro" is groomed and exercises his voice. "The Maestro" was directed by The Hungarian film maker Géza M. Tóth and it competed in over 40 international animation competitions and gained a nomination for an Academy Award. The Maestro is well-animated slowly builds for its five minute run up to one fantastic joke. The animation is solid and the technique of having the camera circle three-hundred-sixty degrees around the characters helps build the suspense towards its funny finale. The sound is well dubbed and matches the tone of the images being presented. Overall, "The Maestro" is a short of great quality.
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