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Mest kinematograficheskogo operatora (The Cameraman's Revenge) (1912)





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A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema. This was one of Starewicz' first animated films, and stars very realistic animated beetles.
Animation , Art House & International , Classics , Special Interest
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Thoroughly insane and utterly brilliant. I shook with laughter when the beetle is shown painting a romantic portrait of his insect lover.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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Wladyslaw Starewicz is credited with being the first person to use stop-motion as a narrative tool. He was also an entymologist obsessed with bugs, and he would burn wires into their thorax to create long usable arms, so he could use them as people in his films. This is controversial, I suppose, but only if you let it be controversial. I decided to not give a shit because it was 1912 and to take his ideas for what they were. I'm not a fan of abusing animals for artistic purpose, but what's done is done. Cameraman's Revenge was actually pretty fun to watch; there's something inherently awesome about watching a bug converse with his wife and then get mad and go out to a strip club. The story is hilarious; Mr. Beetle picks up a dancer who a grasshopper in the club was trying to get with; so the grasshopper films parts of their affair. Mr. Beetle comes home and his wife is banging a painter, and the husband beats him up and yells at his wife. They make up and he takes her to the movies and they proceed to watch the grasshopper's film. Awesome! The stop-motion isn't as jolty as I imagined it would be, and the entire film is lavished in this warm gold light. It's very light-hearted and strange, but I definitely recommend it to those who are insane as I am and enjoy watching this kind of stuff.

brent gaines
brent gaines

Charming and clever film involving domestic troubles between animated insects. Quality of the print aside, the animation holds up extremely well, and is mighty impressive for 1912.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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