584. George and Rosemary – Alison Snowden

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SUMMARY: An elderly man develops an obsession with the woman who lives across the street from him.

WHY IT’S HERE: Nottingham born animator Alison Snowden made a handful of fantastically appealing and often bittersweet animated shorts in the late 80s and early 90s, several in collaboration with David Fine. This sweet story of an elderly man trying to pluck up the courage to ask out the lady across the street is the simplest of Snowden and Fine’s films but it also achieves an easy charm and instant appeal through its amusing characters and relatable story-telling. Though it hints at a darker edge at times, ‘George and Rosemary’ is more upbeat than most of Snowden’s work. Her masterful Bob and Margaret film and series would provide a more cynical view of the world in the 90s.

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