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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's a Small World After All


With TCM's free October 19th Screening of Casablanca hosted by Robert Osborne around the corner (email this address to RSVP!), my mind reels with the plethora of memorable quotes from this imminently quotable film: "We'll always have Paris" is ranked #43 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema; "Here's looking at you, kid" is ranked #5.

One of the lines that resonates with me—perhaps because of the corny "hill of beans" line, and perhaps because of its profound existential insight—Rick observes "that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world."

This quote came to mind as I watched an internet marketing meme designed by Nokia to showcase their new micro-camera, and enlisting the talents of Aardman Animation Studios (famous for the Wallace and Gromit Films, and the feature Chicken Run).

Dot Com
  • Nokia
  • Dot Com

The remarkable piece chronicles the tribulations of Dot, as the unstable world around her disintegrates. It's a marvel—a technical tour de force that has already attracted over 1,000,000 You Tube views.

And for good reason.

Equally worthy of consideration is the "making-of" behind-the-scenes video. Instead of demystifying the process, this piece actually amplifies my appreciation for the work:

Another monumental (albeit tiny) feat is the subject of the upcoming award-winning festival film Marwencol, a documentary portrait of Mark Hogancamp, and the 1/6th scale World War II-era town he created—a world in a microcosm, populated by rich, fully-developed characters with active, dynamic inner-lives.

Mark Hogancamp lends a hand

(Note: the film is slated for a December 10 opening at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema)

The trailer gives you just a flavor of what to expect. But the film offers so much more.

Don't miss it.

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