By Jayne Pilling
As serious curiosity has grown within the exact ways that paintings animation explores and depicts subjective event -- rather on the subject of wish, sexuality, social buildings of gender, confessional modes, delusion, and the lively documentary -- this quantity bargains unique research of either the method and perform of key modern filmmakers, whereas additionally elevating extra basic concerns round the specificities of animation. Combining severe essays with interview fabric, visible mapping of the inventive technique, attention of the ignored factor of ways using sound differs from that of traditional live-action, and filmmakers' opinions of every others' paintings, this certain assortment goals to either galvanize and remove darkness from through an insightful multi-faceted approach.
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Extra resources for Animating the Unconscious: Desire, Sexuality, and Animation
The film, as is often the case with animation, and in particular with Pavlátová, has no dialogue, so their words are depicted as physical embodiments: domino pieces that join together to form a bridge, the creation of ever more complex two-piece jigsaw puzzles. The couple’s perfect accord gives Pavlátová leave to zoom in bit by bit until closing in on just their two faces. It is an idyllic, perfect love, of the kind celebrated in song since time immemorial, the quest for which might consume an entire lifetime.
At the end, we see an ambiguous sex scene between a woman and a lifeguard who turns into a lobster: although this graphic collage might be superficially amusing, it leaves the viewer with an uneasy aftertaste. One could see it as the expression of emotionally cold sexuality, animal and primitive, which seems to give the woman pleasure. Drapeau remarks: ‘One may take pleasure in a sado-masochist relationship. This is far removed from a healthy “object relation” where pleasure is more transparent.
These two short sketches make the same point: the lack of respect and an absolute lack of desire on the part of the dominant partner. indb 51 17/10/11 17:27:11 animating the unconscious Images from Forever & Forever occurs is that between the masters, first the women, then the men. We are witness to the gulf that can separate human beings, making desire and sensual pleasure impossible. The latter theme is particularly well expressed in the following sequence. Here, a couple sit, on either edge of a bed with their backs turned, able to observe one another only via covert glances, expressing guilt and embarrassment.
Animating the Unconscious: Desire, Sexuality, and Animation by Jayne Pilling