562. Second Class Mail – Alison Snowden

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SUMMARY: A lonely old woman receives a delivery in the post.

WHY IT’S HERE: The first film by Alison Snowden, ‘Second Class Mail’ is a lovely little cartoon that closes with one of the quickest switches between a big belly laugh and heart-rending pathos, something which surely marked it out for recognition. Unfortunately for this modest film, it was up against some amazing competition in the year of its Oscar nomination but it set Snowden on her path to two more nominations and an eventual well-deserved win with her later short ‘Bob’s Birthday’. The bittersweet comedy and melancholic incisiveness that characterises all Snowden’s work is immediately visible here and ‘Second Class Mail’ is a great starting point through which to enter her world.

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