Les Astronautes : Chris Marker/Walerian Borowczyk : PART 1

Made in 1959 by Chris Marker and Walerian Borowczyk. Ostensibly, it deals with a scientist’s flight into outer space where, among other things, he spies on a young woman (Ligia Borowczyk) on his way up and later even saves a small spaceship from attack by a larger one – only for it to destroy his own vessel, which plummets back to Earth! The unusual animation combines the standard cartoon style with jazzy paper cut-outs and intermittent use of live-action, an approach which reached mass appeal a decade later with the arrival of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.

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