segunda-feira, 7 de setembro de 2009


"Adagio" is a fable about human nature, elegant, melancholy, dark, tensionate and deep.

It is a ten minutes long stop-motion animation created by Russian master-animator Garry Bardin set to Remo Giazotto’s Adagio in G minor. As an artist with a supernatural sense for material, he used a paper folding (also known as origami) technique in the film because he felt that the idea of "Adagio" and its visual solution required paper as a perfect material. Indeed, the shapes, shadows, and the exquisite camera work manage to bring to life and express a vide range of emotions in a brilliant masterpiece. It took nine months to produce "Adagio". Bardin and his team of animators tried to manually move the paper figures, strange half-men, half-birds creatures, using the trial-and-error method.

"Adagio" which is a philosophical parable exploring the conflict between a hero and the crowd is loosely based on a romantic short story written by the famous Russian writer Maxim Gorky about a young man named Danko and his burning heart. In the story, Danko belonged to a tribe of strong men that were forced by their enemies to retreat into the depths of an old dark forest filled with swamps. Danko, young and brave, believed that there was a way out of dark and hostile forest, and (like David among the Hebrews) he boldly offers to save his people from the ruin with which they are threatened, to lead them onward to light and life. But soon they started to grumble. Fueled by fear and darkness, frustration and anger grew among them. Danko looked at the people and saw only hatred in their faces, and the flame of desire to save them flared up in his heart.

In his short amazing animation, Bardin was able to meditate on many burning issues - intolerance to different opinions and religions, ignorance and lack of desire to learn the history lessons, suspicion that easily turns to hatred for someone who stands out. It is easier to worship the dead hero than to follow him while he is alive. It is unbearable to see that someone is pure and shining – it feels great to smear them, to make them as grey as everyone else around. "Adagio in G minor" widely known as simply Albinoni's Adagio, one of the most frequently recorded pieces of Baroque music, brings tragic and sublime mourning to the film.

thank you ecila for sending me the link to this absolutely astonishing animation!

Nota de ecila: esta maravilhosa animação Adagio veio do
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