649. Daumier’s Law – Geoff Dunbar

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SUMMARY: A man is wrongfully arrested for murder and put through the punishing legal system.

WHY IT’S HERE: Geoff Dunbar had previously worked with Paul and Linda McCartney on the lovely ‘Rupert and the Frog Song’ but their next collaboration was a very different beast indeed. Based on an idea by the McCartneys, ‘Daumier’s Law’ brings to life the lithographs of French caricaturist and social commentator Honore Daumier and tells the gruelling tale of a man wrongfully arrested and subjected to an unforgiving legal system. In sharp contrast with the bright colours of ‘Rupert and the Frog Song’, ‘Daumier’s Law’ is rendered in harsh black and white, the style maintaining the style of Daumier’s original work and featuring many of his famous symbolist images, such as the money-gobbling Gargantua. ‘Daumier’s Law’ is divided into 6 short acts, each of which is accompanied by atmospheric experimental music by Paul McCartney. The fifteen minute film is a powerfully satirical work which is testament to the diverse talents of both Dunbar and McCartney.

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