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Dead Times (1965)

Les temps morts (original title)
What is man ? Man makes war, man kills man, man hunts, man is executed. A montage mixing original drawings by Topor, original shots and stock shots that ironically analyze what man is.


René Laloux


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Roland Dubillard ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
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In this small blue planet called Earth, its weird inhabitants live and die for one principal reason: to kill. As a result, behind humanity's repugnant hypocrisy, death, destruction, wickedness, fatal societal contradictions and moral absurdity are hidden in plain sight; man seems to be inextricably linked with violence, trapped in a vicious cycle of blood and war. And in between, the amorphous boundless void of dead time. Written by Nick Riganas

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The first collaboration between Laloux and writer/artist Roland Topor. See more »


Récitant: Between wars, between hunting, there is dead time. One fills the time the best one can. Hastily, as a humble handyman...
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Featured in Laloux sauvage (2010) See more »

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powerful, if preachy, animated short
31 July 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Created by the director-animator duo that gave us "Fantastic Planet" eight years later, "Dead Times" is a really depressing look at mankind's many shortcomings. Like "Fantastic Planet", he animation is surreal and stylistic and the message is fairly obvious and preachy, but it is still a powerful message nonetheless and it is told in an extraordinarily powerful way. There are images in this film that are not only stunningly crafted, but also absolutely haunting, not to mention brilliant, captivating, and uniquely beautiful in their own, off putting way.

There isn't MUCH actual animation, however, it is mostly a series of still drawings interspliced with archive footage of man's cruelty with a few sequences that actually feature the aforementioned drawings. The film is narrated by a cold, sometimes sarcastic man whose message is simple: man is a species dominated by violence and cruelty. A dark message, but one that will likely continue to ring true until the end of time (sorry for the lack of optimism, there is love in the world too, don't worry too much).

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