Remembering Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

Remembering Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s death (July 21, 1899-July 2, 1961). Hemingway achieved world-wide fame and influence as a writer by a combination of great emotional power and a highly individual style, which could be parodied but never successfully imitated. His best single work is quite possibly The Old Man and the Sea, which had the essence of the uncluttered force that drove his other stories.

In 1952, the 53 year-old Hemingway shrugged off the decay of his own weary, abused body, an increasingly scarred mind, and the pulsating aches of his five tools of anguished expression to compose his tale of an old Cuban who battles his own decay, a crippled left hand, and a giant marlin. The novel received the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 and was specifically cited when he was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.

In 1997, 40 year-old Alexander Petrov of Prechistoe, Russia, struggled against a strange environment (Canada), a new and intimidating technology (IMAX), and with the use of his finger tips, transformed Hemingway’s ode to masculinity from splashes of oil paint into a vibrant, coherent, fresco in motion. Petrov’s 22-minute interpretation of The Old Man and the Sea was created at Montreal’s Pascal Blais Productions. The magnificent paint-on-glass-animated short film won many awards, including the 1999 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

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An Otherworldly Imagination of Good and Evil: Changes (Uncensored)

Changes: An Otherworldly Imagination of Good and Evil

Changes is a newly-released surreal short film directed by Jaron Albertin at Spy Films, created for the Canadian indie rock band Stars. Changes is a single from Stars’ last album, The Five Ghosts, which has been described as anthems for the afterlife, contemplations on mortality that envision a foreboding but ultimately blissful unknown.  Albertin’s visual interpretation of the song has been viewed as an otherworldly imagination of good and evil in the world, and how it manifests itself in the individual.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/21700420 w=720&h=500]

Changes: An Otherworldly Imagination of Good and Evil

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Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

Iron Baby is a zany one-minute stop-motion short film by Montreal’s quirkiest filmmaker, Patrick Boivin.  The film stars Boivin’s own baby daughter as Iron Tyke, following the brave full metal-jacketed infant as she fends off a trio of violent machine gun-wielding bunny rabbits.

Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

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