A formative effort from Russian filmmaker Ladislas Starewicz, one of the true pioneers of stop-motion animation.
After filming several live-action documentaries for the Natural History Museum in Kono, Lithuania, Ladislas Starewicz started a film about fighting stag beetles but was frustrated when the insects refused to perform under lights. Starewicz decided to recreate the fight by articulating dead beetles in stop-motion photography; he thus discovered his true vocation (and THE CAMERAMAN'S REVENGE is one of the earliest examples of his astonishing work).
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How anyone could not love this tiny masterpiece is beyond me. This deserves a place among the classic film farces of history. The animation, nearly a century old, still manages to stun as it pulls from the seemingly endless well of Starevitch's creativity with trick after cinematic trick. To deride this as unimportant next to Harryhausen and Tippett is like saying Buddy Holly's music is pointless compared to the Stones or the Beatles. In other words, ridiculous.
Funny how something like this can transcend the years and still capture an audience! Thought it was pretty awesome!
Amazing and inspiring.
well done and intricate stop motion. a little creepy using once alive insects but it works.
Very well done...cute and whimsical.
I`ve never seen this. WOW!
Amusing with a suprisingly modern plot.
13 minutes of genius.
An extraordinarily impressive stop-motion piece filled with cleverness and humour! Take a few moments to imagine what it would take to create this painstakingly tended piece--it truly reflects the brilliance and creativity of Starewicz's mind.
Absolutely extraordinary and incredible.
Amazing! A truly unique and wondrous film for any age.
The story line is hilarious and the puppeteering is incredible. This film had me laughing at its plot twists.
They're all whores, they WILL cheat on you.
In all seriousness, this is a masterpiece of early stop animation. If it weren't for men like Starevitch, Harryhausen and Tippett would have died bagging groceries.
All I can say is this: you have GOT to be kidding me. Technically, yes, this is innovative but overall this is pointless. This reminds me of a puppet show gone totally haywire. I'm sure Ray Harryhausen and Phil Tippett aren't losing sleep over this.
This is a great film, as it employs some very interesting stop animation techniques. The story is a bit depressing, but overall it has a comical effect. Loved it!