Appetit d’oiseau (1964)
aka Appetite of a Bird
Article 5724 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Peter Foldes
What it is: Animated allegory on the battle of the sexes
An animated exploration of the battle for dominance between the sexes eventually presents itself as a confrontation between a lion and a bird.
Though I’ve seen a lot of animated shorts lately that I would call cartoons, I wouldn’t use that word to define this animated (with short non-animated segments) exploration of sexual dominance. Though it eventually settles on its allegorical symbols being a lion and a bird, it has a stream-of-consciousness feel of an Emile Cohl cartoon matured and minus the innocence. It’s overtly sexual, which is very appropriate in this case. I found it nightmarishly fascinating, though I can fully understand many people being put off by this one; its rating of 5.6 on IMDB certainly indicates that there’s not a lot of love for this one. Nevertheless, I found this to be definitely worth a viewing.