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TUESDAY in LA: “Allegro Non Troppo”

For those of us stuck in L.A. and not attending Annecy this year, take heart. I’ll be hosting a rare 35mm screening of the 1976 Bruno Bozzetto feature-length masterpiece, Allegro Non Troppo, at my Animation Tuesday screening on Tuesday night (June 7th).

The film, a feature length parody of Disney’s Fantasia, is a masterpiece unto itself – and if you haven’t seen it you are required to attend. Bozzetto visualizes Ravel’s “Bolero” as an Evolutionary Fantasy, one that supposes life began as germs from a discarded Coke bottle; Vivaldi’s “Concerto in C” is the backdrop of an insect revenge senario; and, Sibelius’ “Valse Triste” is used for a poignant tale of an abandoned house cat. Bozetto also skewers Dvorak and Debussy using full blown character animation, and the film is framed with zany live-action bridging sequences featuring the “Woody Allen” of Italy, Maurizio Nichetti. And just to get things started, we’ll begin the show with several vintage Hollywood cartoon shorts (also in 35mm) that use classical music as their basis.

Join me tomorrow, June 7th, at The CineFamily (aka The Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax in Hollywood) at 8pm. Advance tickets now on sale.

  • DonaldC

    Stop with all these awesome parties over a thousand miles away!

  • Chris Sobieniak

    A musical fantasia only “Mr. Prisney” would love!

  • Wonderful film, I wonder why it isn’t more widely known and celebrated, it’s great to do this screening.

  • Best thing since “Prisney” !

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    I saw AnT the first time it came out. Several times. Aside from the heartbreaking Sibelius, it’s a total hoot.

    • dbenson

      Wait till you’re a little older, then take another look at “Afternoon of a Faun.” Still funny, but closer to home.

  • “Zany” is a diplomatic description of the live action segments.

  • I used to watch this when I was a kid, we had a battered video that I played over and over… That cat really got to me!

  • Was My Face Red

    The cat sequence is a one of animations greatest hits for me and I’m very proud to have a cel from it looking down on me with sad old eyes as I type.

  • Bud

    This does NOT do justice to a great 35mm Print–but it’s a decent primer. Does ANYONE know who the primary animator of the cat is?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I do kinda wonder that too, there was a good number of talented guys on this though they didn’t credit them all for each segment separately, though perhaps there’s a website out there that does tell off about it (probably in Italian anyway).

  • Sorry to say that I’ve never seen this film, because the premise for each piece of music sounds intriguing as a visual. Wish an American animator had tried such a thing.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      At least we have a guy who already did over there. The film is certainly a tour-du-force in both visuals and approachds to the music utilized. Then you get these little live-action moments where a cartoonist is being tortured by a couple of jerks while an orchestra compiled of old women play along.

  • Robert Schaad

    Great film!!