Once upon the Tales of the Night

Article published on Feb. 15, 2011
Article published on Feb. 15, 2011
The key is in the title: in Tales of the Night, shown in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, Michel Ocelot plays around with the type of story he is most passionate about, in 3D of course, but with the greatest respect for the tradition, and it’s precisely that, let’s make no mistake about it, which gives rise to the fantasy element.

Moreover, inventiveness doesn’t preclude rigour, or careful research, as shown by the director of Kirikou & The Wild Beasts in the interludes between the six stories that his silhouette-form characters create and enact in a theatre of shadows whose colourful scenery is all the more striking for it (the device, previously used by Andersen, also quite mischievously gives a 2D appearance to this film which has, in reality, multiple dimensions).

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