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

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.

Author: Harvey Deneroff

Harvey Deneroff is a Los Angeles-based independent animation and film scholar specializing in labor history. He formerly taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and was editor of Animation Magazine, Animation World Magazine, and Graiffit (published by ASIFA-Hollywood). He is the founder and past president of the Society for Animation Studies.

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