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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Eugene Fedorenko & Rose Newlove "Village of Idiots " (1999)

Village of Idiots is based on an old Jewish folk tale. Shmendrik lives with his wife and two children in the village of Chelm. He is a self proclaimed, practical man though his attempts to plug the gap in his leaky roof with the sole leather from his shoes is nearly the end of him, family and home. So he leaves for Warsaw. Tired after a long trek he sleeps but has the common sense to place one shoe in the direction from which he has come and one in the direction he is going. Simple  really and he is. When he awakes he carries on his way before arriving at a village remarkably like the one from which he had set off, together with a family abandoned by the father and looking remarkably .... Yes you've probably seen it already. The two Canadian animators, Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove, are confident in their art. Nicholas Rice narrates with a warm, rich voice that communicates the vast certainties of  Shmendrik together with an irony utterly alien to a hero who dispenses wisdom liberally: "I, Shmendrik, have learned that wherever you go is just like staying in the same place." The many times award winning Normand Roger (six Academy Awards, thirteen nominations) provides a score of whimsy, the milieu and sense of wonder utterly convincing. The two directors employ one of most delightful uses of multi-layered, paper cut-outs I have seen. Eugene won the Academy Award in 1979 for his Every Child. Gentle humour and a marvellous film that should be required viewing for the many students of animation I know frequent the blog.

4 comments:

Michael Sporn said...

Thanks for posting this. It's a great film. Eugene Federenko is an artist whose work needs to be seen.

nanti said...

Thank you for this great film and welcome back. Your work here is splendid.

Ian Lumsden said...

Yes, a great little film. And it is good to be back. I enjoy the writing and the viewing.

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Great film Thanks for sharing.. :)