901. The Kinematograph – Tomasz Baginski

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SUMMARY: An inventor creates moving pictures but refuses to share his creation with the public until he has mastered how to add sound and colour.

WHY IT’S HERE: In sharp contrast with Tomasz Baginski’s previous dark satires, ‘The Kinematograph’ is a beautifully animated period melodrama that takes a fictional look at the invention of cinema. In this world, a man has managed to create moving pictures with sound but refuses to patent his invention until he can also add colour. This perfectionism ends up costing him everything he holds dear. Tragic, affecting and cleverly scripted, ‘The Kinematograph’ touches on some big themes in its twelve minutes, giving the film more scope than the average short of this length. Baginski tells the story with sensitivity and a hint of the inevitable. The highlight of the film is the final pan out from the inventor’s house, into which Baginski drops the final tragic detail as if it’s a mere afterthought.

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