La brulere de mille soleils (1965)

aka The Burning of a Thousand Suns
Article 5331 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-29-2016
Directed by Pierre Kast
Featuring the voices of Pierre Vaneck and Barbara Laage, and Barbara Aptekman
Country: France
What it is: Animated Science fiction short

A man travels to another planet and falls in love with a woman there. However, whenever they try to make love, six people show up in their bedroom.

This one has been on my hunt list for some time, but it proved rather elusive, so I’m glad that it showed up on Vimeo. Unfortunately, it is in French without English subtitles, and given that the style is that of very limited animation (it mostly comes across like a series of narrated pictures), there’s not much to be gotten from the action, such as it is. What little I know about is based on some rather vague plot descriptions I stumbled across, and it may be about (unless I misunderstood) the differences of mores between two cultures. The visual style is like a combination of the UPA look and woodcuts, and though most of it is very static, it does look interesting. The movie delves into live action towards the end, mostly of shots of beautiful women smiling into the camera; the significance of these scenes is no doubt buried in the narration. I enjoyed it, but I can’t say I can really evaluate it.


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