Curated and Collected by Archivist, Dennis Nyback
Dennis Nyback in Person!
August 13, 2010
Screened at CINEMA BOREALIS
Trained as an entomologist, Starevitch stumbled into animation. As a young man he directed a Museum of Natural History in Kaunas Lithuania and studied Stag Beetles. Around 1908 he bought camera equipment to film them but found they would not perform under the bright lights the camera needed; Starevitch killed them and then manipulated their bodies as though they were alive. His stop motion process was so meticulous and effective that a member of the British press said that a mad Russian scientist had taught insects to act. Using puppet animation and live action, and made with only the help of his wife and daughter, his intricate films breathe grotesque life into simple children’s stories and fables.
THE REVENGE OF A KINEMATOGRAPH CAMERAMAN (1912)
THE VOICE OF THE NIGHTNGALE (1923) aka “La Voix Du Rossignol”
THE FROGS WHO WANTED A KING (1923)
BLACK LOVE AND WHITE (1928)
THE MASCOT (1934) aka “Fetiche”
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