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also known as The Idea

L'idee1932

  • 3.6
Berthold Bartosch's only surviving film was made single-handedly in Paris in 1932. Almost 45,000 frames were animated on four different levels simultaneously, often with as many as eighteen superimpositions made in the camera.

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A stunning expressionist allegory where "L'Idée" is represented by a naked woman, found everywhere men are persecuted and yet dare to hope. The dramatic lighting and forms evoke the vision of masters Murnau and Lang, accompanied superbly by a score by Arthur Honegger featuring a very haunting Ondes Martenot.

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A stunning expressionist allegory where "L'Idée" is represented by a naked woman, found everywhere men are persecuted and yet dare to hope. The dramatic lighting and forms evoke the vision of masters Murnau and Lang, accompanied superbly by a score by Arthur Honegger featuring a very haunting Ondes Martenot.

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Cutting-Edge--music, theme, content, and of course, animation! Barosch creates a strange, expressionistic world of images that are still striking today (in fact, one wonders what Paris audiences must have thought of this film back in 1932). This version of the fpm creates a bittersweet paradox: it really deserves some sort of restoration (if possible), yet the blurred, faded quality of the film accentuates the haunting nature of the visuals. "L'idee" is a must for true fans of animati