LA JOIE DE VIVRE (1934)
Article 5242 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Anthony Gross and Hector Hoppin
What it is: Experimental but not abstract animation
Two women dance at a power station, but when one of them loses a shoe and it is picked up by a man, they lead him on a merry chase.
I have to admit that I was quite taken by this odd little animated film from France. The animation is elegant and fluid; in fact, it’s downright seductive. Unlike much experimental animation, this one has characters and something of a story. The short has a lovely flow to it; it’s fascinating to just watch these characters move around the screen. I’ve never heard of either of the directors, but from the looks of it, this is their only movie. It’s a shame; I myself would like to see what else they could have done in this field.