THE HORSE OF PRIDE (Claude Chabrol, 1979)

Detailing a way of life that has passed from Earth, and capturing the rhythm of that life, Le cheval d’orgueil is based on Pierre-Jakez Hélias’s autobiographical novel. Claude Chabrol’s beautiful film depicts an impoverished, tight-knit, deeply religious Breton village in the years 1908-1918.      A representative of Hélias as an old reminiscing soul narrates. Since the […]

FANTASMAGORIE (Émile Cohl, 1908)

The application of stop-motion photography to a series of chalk drawings on a blackboard helped realize what is generally considered the earliest animated film, Émile Cohl’s two-minute “Fantasmagorie.” From France, it remains one of the masterpieces of the genre, a miniature (though major) work of elastic possibilities encompassing kaleidoscopic visual transformations, with a roly-poly clown […]