Part 4 The Short films
So again pictures, info on the creators and video of the whole films where possible.
I don´t remember the order in which there were aired so I grouped them by makers and topic. There might be one or two missing I am not aware of from Episode 1 and there is also one I don´t know anything about. So I list them like this.
I The One I Haven´t Seen
- Lucie s’est échappée (Nicole Dufour,?)
Everything I have on this one are pictures as well as the blog by Nicole Dufour who seems to have done a few other movies as well as some art exhibitions.
II Two I can hardly come up with anything about (but remember).
I don´t have a year or director on those.
This was a very short one. It featured a single shot from a kitchen table with a fly buzzing around. Sometimes the fly would come up really close to the “camera” and look like a really really ugly hippo with wings. At the end the fly drops into a plate filled with milk and the short is over.
This one was a very funnny one about a Ralley Car driver who cannot keep up with his opponent. The drives day and night through the desert and monologes all the time while laughing and drinking beer. His name is Robert(with a silent t as in french). He is obsessed with outrunning somebody who steadily keeps up the pace of his car. In the end they seeminlgy drive into each other and crash. Upon examination it turns out he was racing against his mirror image all the time kicking a giant mirror that seems to go through the whole desert. In german he was dubbed by swiss actor Wolfgang Heß who was famous for his laugh as Bud Spencer.
III Two Shorts Directed By Rene Laloux
Those are available as special features on the Fantastic Planet DVD. So before talking to much, check them out and set the subtitles on youtube to english.
- La Prisoneere (Rene Laloux, Caza 1988)
This was made by Laloux together with Caza based on his Comic Equinoxe which was part of a volume called The Age Of Darkness which can be bought from the american Heavy Metal Magazine´s homepage.
This short is one of my personal favourites out of the whole collection.
Here is the comic:
And here the film. This short is one of my personal favourites out of the whole collection.
(some of the narration was changed in the german version and there was a bit more of it, too):
- Wang Fo (Rene Laloux, Caza 1988)
This beautifully melancholic Laloux/Caza collaboration was based on an old chinese folk story collected in a volume by Margurete Yourcenar.
Here you can listen to the story
And here view the film.
IV Two by Jose Xavier and one by Francois Bruel makers of Ernest The Vampire.
This is very short and very much in the style of Daniel Guyonnet who I will write about below. So, as you will see there. There really isn´t too much to say about this.
- Pierre et son oie (José Xavier 1988)
Pierre and his goose is a classical fairy tale feeling like movie with a moral and a twist. It is based on a story by Alexandre Dumas, I´m not sure how famous it is. Unfortunatly I don´t know too much about José Xavier and what else he did.
- Mendrol(François Bruel 1987)
Mendrol the story about the diabolical supervillain of the same name in the vein of Fantomas is actually an hommage to the early silent shorts by Louis Feuillade who in the 1910s made stories for the early silver screen about that particular ellusive supervillain. He is thanked for inspiration in the credits. The film looks a bit like Ernest which is due to being made (and also pump organ scored!) by Francois Bruel who makes designs for boardgames these days. One of his creations is Shazamm!
Watch Mendrol here:
V The weird films by Daniel Guyonnet
I cannot write too much about those. You just have to check them out yourself. Guyonnet doesn´t seem to have done too much outside of shortfilms. All of them around the time the anthology show was aired.
L’escalier chimérique seems to have won prices at festivals.
- L’escalier chimérique (Daniel Guyonnet 1988)
- Transfiguration(Daniel Guyonnet, 1987)
VI Rather caricature light hearted stuff by Federico Vitali
Frédéric (or Federico) Vitali seems to be a bit more famous. Among other things he is famous for a series called Lava Lava! he made after the following, two.
- Pépère et mémère (Frédéric Vitali)
Grampa (wearing a beret) and grandma sit by the window completly oblivious of the monsters (see below) that fool around outside of their window. Suddenly they stop to find out what grandma is so shocked about. Turns out there was a fly in her soup, which (other than the monsters outside) really made her scream.
- Le miracle égyptien(Frédéric Vitali)
A class of students visits the inside of a pyramid completly bored by the sarcophagus inside the burial chamber. Someone drops a coin leaving the place which after everyone is gone is picked up by the murals on the walls that come to life at night. The creature puts the coin into the sarcophagus which makes the mummy stand up and dance for a few seconds.
VII Surreal and Melancholic pieces from Henri Heidsieck
Again I do not know much about Heidsieck, but according to his IMDB he did a few other shorts, too.
- La montagne du loup(Henri Heidsieck 1986)
One day in the year 1982 as the narrator relates a shepards herd won´t go out anymore. So he goes ona a surreal journey into a cave that is shaped like a wolf. This one of the most beautiful and also most cryptic of the entire cycle.
- 85°Sud (Henri Heidsieck 1987)
A southpole explorer punches a hole into the deep ice with a pickaxe. He puts on an astronaut suit, jumps into the whole and comes out on the otherside floating into outerspace. I think this was the shortest of all the films.
VIII The only german film
Franz Wintzensen seems to have made a career for himself in Berlin art cycles in the late 60s and did a lot of weird shorts that were often shown on german TV. He made most of his short films with his then wife Ursula. Funnily enough Die Schubkarre is the only one I cannot find on youtube. It was also the last film of the pair they made before their seperation in 1987.
- La Brouette/Die Schubkarre (Franz Wintzentsen, Ursula Wintzentsen 1986)
This lightly futuristic looking story is about a teacher who wants to make an example of a misbehaving boy. So of course she turns him into a wheelbarrow! She despairs when he just won´t turn back and bring him to his parents. Threatened by the belt of his father he turns back from a wheelbarrow to a boy. In the end he and a friend discuss the boring kind of punishments they get and say they´d rather turn into fighter jets, which is implied they do just after that.
IX Two older ones
Claude Luyet is from switzerland and seems to have done all kind of things. He has a website where part of the short is embedded. http://www.studio-gds.ch/
Twin brothers Paul and Gaetan Brizzi started out doing experimental short films. Their first “Un” released in 1973 used music by King Crimson and the Mahavishnu Orchestra among others. They also did a short called Chornique 1909. All available at their youtube channel. They went on to work on Asterix and Disney movies. They have a website at http://www.brizzibrothers.com/
- Marché noir (Claude Luyet 1977)
A busy street in an urban business district. A Man walks by a shopping window and sees himself wearing the suit inside. He walks inside the shop and after a while a headless figure with the suit is seen leaving the shop while the head of the mirror images remains inside the shop.
- Fracture (Paul Brizzi, Gaetan Brizzi 1977)
Closing with the best. This is far by far my favourite and it has fascinated me for almost 30 years now. It´s enigmatic, atmospheric and features music by Tangerine Dream and their main creative force the late Edgar Froese. In 1978 it was nominated for french oscar equivalent Cesar for best animated short.
Check this out, I absolutly love this one.