Today I watched Georges Schwizgebel 1982 animated film “Le Ravissement de Frank N. Stein” and, believe it or not, I think I experienced to a degree what it must have been like for Dr. Frankenstein’s creation. I can assure you that this was the intention of the filmmakers so I am glad to know that they achieved what they set out to do.
The drawings throughout the film are beautiful (as you can sell) and Schwizgebel is clever and economical in his use of simple repetitive dream-like sequences, which underscore the film’s theme of searching for some meaning (while at the same time being a perfect example of “the filmmaker’s command of the audiences gaze”). Also, there is a stylistic resemblance between many of the film’s frames and certain paintings by Chirico which I appreciated greatly.Throughout the film there is a naturally, lurching pace that allows for the slight changes in the environment to take upon an eerie and sometimes even outright frightening.
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