This topic is part of the 2012 MUBI World Cup. If you have not already done so, please read the first post at the topic for an introduction to and rules about this year’s World Cup:
The purpose of this topic is to cast votes in the matchup listed above and also to be a forum for discussing the films in the match.
Anyone who has seen both of the films listed above may vote in this match. You must vote for whichever of the two films you personally like better. In order to vote you must post a reply to this topic containing one of the following sequences:
If you are voting for The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut: “England (The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut) 1 – Latvia (Restricted Area) 0”
If you are voting for Restricted Area: “England (The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut) 0 – Latvia (Restricted Area) 1”
Your vote must contain the names of both films with a “one” after the film you are voting for and a “zero” after the other film. If your vote is not formatted in this way it will not be counted.
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This match will end on Monday, July 23 at 10:00 PM GMT. No votes attempted to be cast after that time will be counted. Shortly after the match ends the votes will be tallied and a winner of the match will be declared. If the films both receive the same number of votes, the match will be considered a tie.
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Ooooooh, I want to watch this one bad. But am busy the whole weekend!!
England (The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut) 1 – Latvia (Restricted Area) 0
Neither entry was interesting enough for me to write about, being neither an animation buff, nor a documentary lover per se. It was close to a draw for me, or perhaps a punster might say “closed to a draw.”
england (the thief and the cobbler: the recobbled cut) 1 – latvia (restricted area) 0
the thief and the cobbler is some of the most amazing animation i have seen, if a bit weak in storyline and character development. restricted area is interesting but the moving subs bothered me a bit. i tried not to let it affect my opinion tho. i hope we’re getting more votes in this match?!
ngland (the thief and the cobbler: the recobbled cut) 0 – latvia (restricted area) 1
England (the thief and the cobbler: the recobbled cut) 0 – Latvia (restricted area) 1
I loved the poetic effects of the polo match scene and other scenes involving the three balls, as well as the Goldberg-esque chain reaction causing the war machine to slowly but surely collapse. Juxtaposition of The Thief and the Cobbler with Restricted Area was very interesting given the stark contrast between the two films but also due to details such as the tattoo of the Kremlin(?) on one of the boy’s body that tied in with some of the exotic architecture in The Thief as well as the archetype of a thief (who is overcome by the cobbler’s persistent efforts to take back Yum-Yum’s shoe first and the three gold balls next) in the first being paralleled by the realistic portrayals of the delinquent boys in the second. I also liked the poetic touch of the butterfly in the beginning and the bird at the end of the case study/documentary.
Thanks for the votes and comments folks. Sorry I missed this one. REALLY hoping I can see the next one as I’ve been looking foward to it. But massively busy still!!
VOTING IS CLOSED
England (The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut) – 5
Latvia (Restricted Area) – 2
The winner is:
God and my right!!
And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England’s pleasant pastures seen!