Saturday, 17 May 2008

Marco Besar "La leyenda del espantapájaros" ("The Legend of the Scarecrow")

There's a scene in the original Frankenstein movie in which the good scientist's creation smiles at a member of the public who repays him by screaming the house down, a little scene that leads inexorably to a chase and the direst of consequences. In La leyenda del espantapájaros our hero is a scarecrow whose role is to frighten crows though he'd much rather be friends. When he attempts to administer first aid to a passing bird he does rather more harm than good and a cheerful wave to a sleeping peasant is misinterpreted. Some of the animated scenes of the windmills and the mob armed with torches and I know not what else are vividly realised in a mixture of 2D and 3D work. It's all very dramatic and don't expect happy endings. Born in 1969 and based in Madrid, writer and director Marco Besar's 2005 short is exciting, accomplished and overcomes any lack of Spanish.

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