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Peculiar Puppets vol. II - 16mm

Animation, Experimental | 1920's-1950's | 90MIN





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As filmmaking grew into a popular and profitable medium in the early 20th century, one of several ancient entertainment mediums—in this case, puppetry—enjoyed quite a resurgence, and in strange new forms! Some filmmakers chose to create stop-motion films in which puppets seemed to live and move on their own, while others 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 puppets for help in that department.

This 90-minute program is a follow-up to our August screening of a similar nature, and now includes an entirely different lineup of stop-motion and live puppet films produced from the 1920s, through the 1950s. Warning: You may even find some of the offerings to be rather creepy and bizarre! These archival prints will be provided by 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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