An insightful short work of art, while unfortunately undermined by it's own literalism is none the less playful in its approach. Borowczyk reverses decay and in doing so reestablishes a militaristic tradition. In the creation of the film, however he is simultaneously pulling this image apart. This conflict of intention and action in a perpetual loop gives it a rewarding complexity to the cultural status of war.
Brilliant use of time-lapse photography that predates and totally sidelines digital trickery. Aside from the technical wizardry evident in this delightful 9 minute film the message contained within and artfully climaxed in the final few seconds is extraordinary. The solo trumpet music is also perfectly conceived. One can only imagine the time required to assemble this amazingly detailed deconstruction in reverse.
Delightful. I don't know how he does this kind of stop-motion, but his style is unmistakable. And the sound design, wonderful. Its Moebius strip-like structure makes it perfect to be played in loop, in an endless cycle of destruction and – well, renaissance. There's a subtle sadness in this, despite its playful tone. Hypnotizing. Want more.
Ces quelques minutes d'animation nous disent en substance qu'il est tellement plus simple et rapide de détruire que de réparer, un constat qui n'a sans doute pas fait assez réfléchir depuis les années 60... En tout cas, Walerian Borowczyk a fait du beau travail : concis, minutieux, symboliquement fort, perturbant. Peut-être s'est-il limité à un trop petit nombre d'objets, il aurait aussi pu leur donner des couleurs.
The idea that life/death (chaos/order, etc.) contain each other, or are inseparable... And the idea that objects contain traces of memory... That memory is something like an energy that all things pass through, are infused with, that manifests in specific signatures that can be coaxed into brief bursts of life (like Live Photo!) And, an homage to Hy Hirsch, who rejected the idea of "completion" at all. Wonderful.