644. The Sound of Music – Phil Mulloy

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SUMMARY: Wolf, a window cleaner who plays saxophone at night, witnesses a series of horrific scenes of degradation during both his day and night jobs.

WHY IT’S HERE: It’s fair to say that British animator Phil Mulloy is an acquired taste. His jet black sense of humour is matched by the dark ink-blot characters through which he depicts his view of the world. But Mulloy is not just a sick peddler of shock value animations. He is, in fact, one of the most relentlessly visceral satirists working today. This is clear at once in ‘The Sound of Music’, a short that knowingly shares its name with the uplifting 60s musical but which distinguishes itself from that reference point immediately. Accompanied by Alex Balensca’s insistently exhilarating score, ‘The Sound of Music’ shows all classes of Brits at their worst. During his day job as a window-cleaner, Wolf witnesses working class scenes of domestic violence, pornography, dog fights and fatal boxing matches. At night, during a charity gala at which he plays saxophone, Wolf sees the middle and upper classes gorge themselves mercilessly on mutilated animal carcasses and, when those run out, the cuisine gets even grislier. Extraordinarily uncompromising, ‘The Sound of Music’ is satire as it should be, utterly unforgiving of its targets even as it displays considerable balance in its equal opportunity offending.

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