1959 y'all. Wow, the direct line running between elements of this and so much I have loved that was made after this. Not just in film or animation, but in video games, in electronic music. Then again, Borowczyk/Marker collab was always going to be game changing.
Tomfoolery of the highest order. The sound design is reminiscent of Delia Derbyshire's work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Vernon Elliott's work for 'The Clangers'. I really admire Borowczyk's ability to cobble together different materials in order to realise his imaginative vision.
A wonderfully witty jaunt in the spirit of Méliès with the lovably demented aesthetics of Polish poster art. Borowczyk shows early signs of his very singular look and, though Marker's contribution might appear obscure, it reminds me of the YouTube videos he made in his final years. A great use of the animated medium.
Like most Avant-Garde films, The Astronauts by Walerian Borowczyk and Chris Marker has a less than straight-forward narrative element. Experimenting with sound and stop-motion animation, both directors seem to convey an unfamiliar experience that is open to interpretation. While it may seem unusually to most conventional Hollywood block-busters, it is interesting to say the least.
Even for a short, this film has a particularly abrupt ending. Quirky animation and music keep the movie both somewhat light and definitely bizarre. The influential and unique nature of the animation is particularly entertaining. Terry Gilliam, the animator the Monty Python series, seems to have taken influence from Borowczyk. This spaceship adventure is definitely worth a watch.
This short film transported me to my childhood days when I devoured Jules Verne books and the world was a big, romantic mystery in my eyes. But even then, I knew of its grotesque and irony -- things this film brings back so effectively. Highly recommended if you're brave enough to face the child in you.