Best of Bruno Bozzetto [VHS]

ISBN 13: 9780780020917

Best of Bruno Bozzetto [VHS]

 
9780780020917: Best of Bruno Bozzetto [VHS]
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Although Bruno Bozzetto is best known in America for Allegro Non Troppo, his animated feature spoofing Disney's Fantasia, his short films have been winning awards at international festivals for three decades. These more personal films use simple graphics, lively animation, and nonverbal soundtracks to present wry commentaries on the problems of a neurotic and wasteful society. In a live-action interview from his home in Bergamo, Italy, Bozzetto talks about his interest in using animation to make audiences laugh and think; these imaginative shorts fulfill both functions admirably. In "Self-Service," he uses silly-looking mosquitoes to satirize Prohibition and the madness of a petroleum-based economy. "Baby Story" offers a singularly absurd look at the facts of life, while the delightfully macabre "Dancing" gives new meaning to the old concept of the dance of death. "Grasshoppers" juxtaposes the rise and fall of human empires with the annual reappearance of grass and the insects that feed upon it. One image represents balance and harmony; the other, wanton cruelty and destruction. Bozzetto's early successes, "Tapum: A History of Weapons" and "Two Castles," aren't included on this tape, but it remains a delightful sampling of the talented filmmaker's work.

This unrated video is suitable for ages 14 and older for adult themes, cartoon nudity, and violence. The collection contains: 1. "Self-Service," 2. "Baeus," 3. "Drop," 4. "A Life in a Tin," 5. "Baby Story," 6. "Sigmund," 7. "Dancing," 8. "An Oscar for Mr. Rossi," 9. "Mr. Rossi Buys a Car," 10. "Ego," 11. "Big Bang," 12. "Man and His World," 13. "Pickles," 14. "Grasshoppers." --Charles Solomon

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