The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

This short film is animated in an extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating style. Over the course of two-and-a-half years, a team under (and including) the director,Russian director an animator Aleksandr Petrov, manipulated oil paints on sheets of glass, to create what comes out to essentially a series of animated oil paintings constituting a film. It’s absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Even setting aside the jaw-droppingly gorgeous visuals, it’s a well-made adaptation. The voice actors deliver good performances, the music is stirring and suits the story well, and the story itself is adapted economically in such a way totally in keeping with Hemingway’s style. But the visuals are the key here. The two-and-a-half years spent to create these twenty minutes of film were absolutely well-spent. Any still frame from this film would make a gorgeous painting, but there are hundreds of them here. Watching the film, I felt like a glutton gorging myself on a feast of beauty. It’s truly incredible.

the_old_man_and_the_sea

I give it five oil paints, and a giant marlin.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s