Le nez (The Nose) directed by husband and wife team Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker is a film cited as a brilliant example of the pinscreen technique, a shadow animation in effect whereby Alexander works on the positive side of a large black canvas full of pins and Claire on the negative side; the more the flat headed pins are pushed in the lighter is the effect, creating the look of mezzotint with its textured shades of grey. The surreal tale itself is from the 19th century Russian writer, Nikolai Gogol, commencing with a barber discovering a nose in a freshly baked loaf of bread. The nose promptly takes a life of its own, much to the chagrin of the young man who is lost and bereft without it. The man hides the empty space with a hat and pleads for the nose to return. As Nose is dressed rather more elegantly that its erstwhile owner, the plea is rejected. —animationblog.org
Alexandre Alexandrovitch Alexeieff (Russian: Александр Александрович Алексеев Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Alekseyev (sometimes credited as Alexander Alexeieff or Alexander Alexeïeff or Alexandre Alexieff); April 18, 1901 – August 9, 1982) was a Russian-born artist, filmmaker and illustrator who lived and worked mainly in Paris. He and his second wife Claire Parker (1910–1981) are credited with inventing the pinscreen as well as the animation technique totalization. In all Alexeieff produced 6 films on the pinscreen, 41 advertising films and illustrated 41 books.
Alexeieff was born in the town of Kazan in Russia. He spent his early childhood in Istanbul where his father, Alexei Alexeieff, was a military attaché.
Alexeieff had two older brothers: Vladimir, who caught syphilis from an Moscow actress with whom he had an affair. His mother forced him to remain in his room and never touch his brothers. This pressure was such Vladimir shot himself. Before he died, he wrote a note… read more
Date of Birth:
31 August 1906, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death:
3 October 1981, Paris, France
Alexander Alexeieff (1930 – 3 October 1981); 1 child
- Grandmother of film maker Alexandre Rockwell.
- Together Parker and Alexander Alexeieff developed the pinscreen animation technique.
- Went to study art in Paris as a young woman and met animator Alexander Alexeieff, whom she married and spent her life collaborating with. —IMDb