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  1. Harpy (1979) by Raoul Servais (Front projection)
    • A man rescues a strange bird-woman from an assailant, striking him down and taking her home. Once there, she becomes a domineering monster, ruining his life until he himself is driven to attempt her destruction, at which point the narrative comes full and vicious circle…
    • On the face of it, the film is a misogynist fable, a phantasmagoria on the theme of Henry Higgins’ lament “Let a Woman in Your Life.”
    • But also, there’s the open question of what the film is about, really. Its surface incorporates live actors reduced to animated and/or jump-cut movement, and backgrounds which, in a Gilliam/Pythonesque way, combine cut-up and colored photographs with airbrushed drawings of cartoonish simplicity, and this is all so beautiful and compelling that the overall impression is of style and confidence
    • Maybe it’s a simple illustration of the notion “no good deed goes unpunished.” Or maybe the fable is political, a warning against interventionism, of getting mixed up in situations you only think you understand.
  2. Tango (1980) by Zbigniew Rybcński(Optical Printing techniques)
    • During the eight minutes of the film, we see a blue room which more and more figures gradually enter. As they appear, the music composed by Janusz Hajdun gets enriched by various sounds, some of them rather unpleasant – the cry of a baby, a banging door, the clatter of cutlery. The characters of the animation move around without paying attention to each other, and given how intimate some of the actions they freely engage in are, they remain invisible to each other. Nevertheless, they don’t obstruct each others’ way. Some of the characters are seen in strictly private situations (a woman who dresses up), others are doing their job (a repairman), and there are also those who are dressed in coats and look like passers-by, in between the private and the public. With each minute of the film, more and more figures are visible on screen – in the culmination point it’s hard to count all the characters, who then gradually start leaving the room, and in the end – like in the beginning of the film – the blue space is empty.
    In optical printing, the master film is projected through a lens to expose the raw stock. In continuous printing, the master film and the raw stock both run continuously. Continuous printing is usually contact printing but can be optical, through a projected slit.

Type Of Service: Academic paper writing
Type of Assignment: Coursework
Subject: Art
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Language Style: UK English

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