954. Fresh Guacamole – PES

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SUMMARY: A dish of guacamole is prepared using very unusual ingredients.

WHY IT’S HERE: PES’s wonderful ‘Fresh Guacamole’ is a film I fell in love with on sight. The shortest film ever nominated for an Academy Award (1 minute 36 seconds), PES uses ever second of the film perfectly. It depicts the preparation of guacamole but instead of real ingredients the hands that prepare the food use everyday household objects which change as they are sliced and diced (literally, in the case of a baseball which turns into some dice, just one of many great visual puns). Although I have subsequently discovered PES’s earlier work in a similar vein, ‘Fresh Guacamole’ stands out as his strongest creation yet and its impact has not been diminished by the inevitable advertising campaigns that followed.

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