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Tango by Zbigniew Rybczynski

I first saw this on an old VHS I’d borrowed from the Uni library that was taped off the telly from a Channel 4 animation series. I’ve had half an eye on the look out for it online ever since and have been describing it to people trying to see if they knew the name of the film or the director. I can’t understand why no-one ever said it was by Zbigniew Rybczynski! I stumbled across it on the fantastic Brain Pickings blog.

It would be highly impressive if it was produced today, but the vision and work involved back then is incredible, as Zbugniew recalls, “I had to draw and paint about 16.000 cell-mattes, and make several hundred thousand exposures on an optical printer. It took a full seven months, sixteen hours per day, to make the piece. The miracle is that the negative got through the process with only minor damage, and I made less than one hundred mathematical mistakes…”

Still, I’m sure it was all worth it for the Oscar he won in 1983, although it doesn’t seem like he had an enjoyable ceremony

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