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The Best of Animation

These short animations from Luxembourg vary widely in subject and style while reflecting the themes of malleability, transformation, and animism common to the form. Silverware comes to life in Daniel Wiroth's Crucifixion, its movement effectively creepy partly because it occurs in such a pristine kitchen. In Law of the Jungle, child filmmaker Thierry Beltrami uses sudden changes in the characters' shapes and expressions to vivify a fable about creatures eating each other. In Armand Strainchamps' Man . . . or the Adventurous Journey From Black to White, stark images resembling woodcuts suggest that all distinctions between black and white (e.g., Africans and Europeans) are arbitrary at best. I especially liked Bady Minck's Mecanomagie, an almost gnostic fable in which humans can seem stone-faced, rocks are split apart to reveal living organs, clouds streaking across a pixilated sky seem to be alive, and young children sprout as if born from the soil. On the same program: films by Claude Grosch, Roger Leiner, and Paila Piozzi, another by Wiroth, and two more by children.

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