Peculiar Puppets vol. III - 16MM
Animation, Experimental | 1920's-1950's | 90MIN
Peculiar Puppets vol. III (in Glorious 16mm)
As filmmaking grew into a popular and profitable medium, the ancient art form of puppetry enjoyed a brand new and decidedly different kind of resurgence. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, some animators chose to create stop-motion films in which puppets seemed to live and move on their own, while live action filmmakers made more straightforward films of live marionette and hand puppet performances. Even later, when early television producers needed quick and low cost entertainment during live kiddie show programs, we looked yet again to hand puppets and marionettes for help in that growing medium.
Roxy Cinema is hereby proud to present a third retrospective screening featuring various peculiar examples of puppet films from the 1920s through the 1950s. Warning: You may find some of the offerings to be rather unsettling, possibly even creepy! Archival prints will be provided by early animation archivist and historian Tommy José Stathes, and are hand-selected from his personal 16mm film archive. Film program will be followed by a live Q&A session.
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