N+2: Maska Crvene Smrti - Pavao Stalter & Branko Ranitovic (1969)

01 mayo 2012

Maska Crvene Smrti - Pavao Stalter & Branko Ranitovic (1969)


La máscara de la Muerte Roja / The mask of the Red Death
Sin diálogos/No dialogue

Relato basado en la historia de Poe en el que una misteriosa peste llamada "La Muerte Roja" ataca la ciudad de Próspero, príncipe de una ficticia nación, al cual le complacía darse todo tipo de placeres de los que un rey puede disfrutar, como el buen gusto, las artes, los bailes orquestados y fiestas rodeadas de diversión.
Al darse cuenta de que la peste atacaba a toda su región, decide encerrarse en su castillo junto con varios cientos de nobles de su corte, los cuales intentan escapar de la Muerte Roja.
Cierta noche, el rey decide realizar el mejor baile de máscaras jamás hecho, fiesta que es interrumpida por la aparición de una mujer muy seductora.

La estética del corto remite a las pinturas de Paolo Uccello y del primer renacimiento.
Feve (DXC)



El film fue incluído en la recopilación "The Best of Zagreb Film - Volume One" editada en DVD.

Esta macabra y pictóricamente post-moderna adaptación a cargo del animador y escenógrafo croata Pavao Štalter fue merecedora de varios premios de gran importancia dentro el género.


Wow...this Yugoslavian film certainly has received a ton of awards--as is indicated at the beginning of the movie on the DVD. The art style is very unusual and post-modern--sort of like a combination of what you'd see in a modern art gallery mixed with some of the animations of Terry Gilliam--but not quite. Most of the characters have ill-defined faces and are just odd. Considering the story and its ultra-serious tone, this works pretty well--and is quite artsy.

The film begins with the plague. In response, people are flagellating themselves and making various appeals to God. But, like the Poe story, inside a castle that has bolted it gate shut is a group of hedonists who instead of turning from their wicked ways, continue to enjoy the sins of the flesh--as which point a red entertainer comes--bringing with it a sense of foreboding. When he is finished, he reveals himself to be Death. But, oddly, these fools don't seem to take much notice!! Duh...if a guy with a skeleton face showed up at my house, you'd better believe I'd take notice!! Eventually, they all learn that all their possessions and pleasures don't buy them anything..as in the end, they are but worm food. Not exactly an uplifting story to watch and one you'd NEVER want to allow a clinically depressed person to see, but overall quite stylish and well done--and very artsy-fartsy.
planktonrules (IMDB)


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http://www.mediafire.com/?28do8s45d22s98s

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