Concerns a scientist's flight into outer space.Concerns a scientist's flight into outer space.Concerns a scientist's flight into outer space.
THE ASTRONAUTS (Walerian Borowczyk and Chris Marker, 1959) **1/2
Given the reputation of Borowczyk's animated shorts - which perhaps even swamps that of his features - I was rather let down by my first experience with them (via this award-winning collaboration with renowned short film-maker Marker). Ostensibly, it deals with a scientist's flight into outer space where, among other things, he spies on a young woman (Ligia Borowczyk) on his way up and later even saves a small spaceship from attack by a larger one - only for it to destroy his own vessel, which plummets back to Earth! The unusual animation combines the standard cartoon style with jazzy paper cut-outs and intermittent use of live-action, an approach which reached mass appeal a decade later with the arrival of "Monty Python's Flying Circus".
- Feb 9, 2007
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