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Absolut Panushka, Jan-Apr 1997.

German Gumbo

Animation thrived in both East and West Germany, but it did not receive international attention until Raimund Krumme's fascinating 1986 Rope Dance won an Academy Award®.

The film ingeniously uses the rope as a simple line drawing that can metamorphose into endless shapes to visualize personal struggles. The Lauenstein twins, Christoph and Wolfgang, also won an Academy Award® for their dark puppet animation Balance. In the tradition of Jirí Trnka and Stephen and Timothy Quay, the film uses stylized figures in a political allegory: A group of people, stranded on a platform floating in space, must stand in balancing positions to avoid falling off.

Solweig von Kleist (who studied at California Institute of the Arts) made a dazzling "film noir" gangster story, Criminal Tango, which is realistic in rendering dramatic movements even though all the images were scratched directly onto the film surface.

Her film sharply contrasts the very personal and informal drawn-on-film works of Bärbel Neubauer, and the witty satirical films of Thomas Meyer-Hermann. In a film like Creation, Meyer-Hermann perfectly simulates the traditional Hollywood cartoon style in order to cause a re-evaluation of the biblical account of God's production of the world.

Moritz, William. "History of Experimental Animation." Website. Absolut Panushka, curated by Christine Panushka. (Jan-Apr 1997).
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