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New on DVD: Quirino Cristiani: The Mystery of the First Animated Movies

June 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Argentine cinema, DVDs, Film history and criticism

Quirino Cristiani: The Mystery of the First Animated Movies, Gabriele Zucchelli’s 2007 documentary on  the Argentine animation pioneer, whose El Apóstol  (1917) was the first animated feature film, is now available on DVD.  The film was inspired by the research and writings by ace animation historian Giannalberto Bendazzi. (For instance, see his Animation World Magazine article on Cristiani here.) The film, which was produced by London-based The Caravel Animation is available on a region-free (Region 0) PAL DVD along with such extras as Oscar Grilo on Quirino Cristiani and Plus Ultra, a 1925 animated documentary by Romeo Borgini; it can be ordered via the movie’s website here starting at £12.00 for standard delivery in the UK. Needless to say, highly recommended.

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