Comic(s) on Films

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January 31, 2010 16:33

In conjunction to Cergamboree (French & Indonesian Comic Expo-Forum) held in CCCL — in collaboration with C2O library and La Boîte à Bulles, for the month of February our cinematheque will be screening comic(s) on films: a documentary on the history of comics  in the USA (Comic Book Confidential), a series of graphic novel adaptation premiered on a web TV channel (The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.), and a loose adaptation of a manga and an early silent film (Metropolis).

Screenings are held every Saturday, 17.00 at C2O library, Jl. Dr. Cipto 20 Surabaya 60264 (across US General Consulate — view map), free and open for public. This screening programme is run independently with the purpose of introducing and sharing references and informations, not necessarily limited films per se. Donations are most gratefully and lovingly welcome. We rely on your donations and support to ensure that we can continue this program for free and open for public.

Please note that due to the rainy season, we’ll be screening the films indoor in our small TV. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

6 Februari 2010

comic_book_confidentialComic Book Confidetial | Ron Mann
1988 | USA / Canada | 90m | Colour | In English, no subs.

Comic Book Confidential is an American/Canadian documentary film that was released in 1988. Directed by Ron Mann and written by Mann and Charles Lippincott, the film is an insightful survey of the history of the comic book medium in the U.S.A, from the 1930s to the 80s, particularly from the point of view of its being an art form. The film includes profiles of a number of notable and influential talents in the comics field, such as Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, and William M. Gaines. In addition to the talents discussing their best known contributions to the art, they also give readings of passages of their work. A live action version of Bill Griffith’s character, Zippy the Pinhead, also appears.

The project started in the mid-1980s when Mann was working on a press kit of the comedy Legal Eagles. He secretly used resources from that project (including the studio’s crew, money and film stock) to interview his subjects during his off hours. Due to time constraints, Mann cut out footage with musician Frank Zappa, Scrooge McDuck creator Carl Barks, All American Comics editor Julie Schwartz and creator of the first all-woman comic book It Ain’t Me Babe, Trina Robbins. The film received the 1989 Genie Award (recognizing the best of Canadian cinema by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television) for Best Documentary. A very insightful & entertaining history of the comic medium in the USA.

13 February 2010

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. | Dash Shaw
2009 | USA | Colour | In English intertitles

unclothedMan

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D is an original animated web series based on graphic novelist and comic book artist Dash Shaw’s latest book of the same title. Shaw’s animation has been widely praised for its eclectic style, innovative design and emotional depth.

Released in November 2009, it premied on the web Independent Film Channel: IFC.com. Each short episode of this five-part web series chronicles Rebel X-6, a man who works for a well-funded anti-droid organization. The fifth episode will provide behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series. The premiere on IFC.com marks Dash Shaw’s first animated series and will be based on a story line he has developed for several years. Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books is set to publish a book by the same name and characters.

The series features an animated hero, Rebel X-6, and his quest to bring out change in the 35th century A.D.. Rebel X-6 works for an anti-droid organization that opposes the use of droids in all sectors of modern society. An artist guild that opposes the use of droids in art class hires Rebel X-6. They believe living people should model for life drawings. Rebel X-6’s assignment is to enter Art School 46 posing as “Model-Droid #343.” Model droids appear life-like but do not laugh, cry, swear or exhibit other human shortcomings. His mission is to subvert the school’s ban on drawings of real humans by tricking the students into drawing him.

20 February 2010

No screening, but join us on Friday the 19th (ha) for a round of great animations in Salle France @ CCCL, Jl. Darmokali 10 Surabaya 60265, 18.00 – 20.00, in conjunction to 3-day Cergamboree. Big screen, air-conditioned screening for once! Check out http://cergamboree.wordpress.com for full schedule.

27 February 2010

Metropolis | Rintaro
2004 | Japan | 104m | Colour | Japanese with English subtitles

metropolisMetropolis (メトロポリス, Metoroporisu) is an anime film released in Japan in 2001 and loosely based on the 1949 Metropolis manga created by the early Osamu Tezuka and also a loose adaptation of the famous silent German film of the same name by Fritz Lang. The film had an all star production team including renowned anime director Rintaro, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo as script writer, and animation by Madhouse Studios with conceptual support from Tezuka Productions.

In Tezuka’s original manga, the story revolves around a humanoid named Mitchi who has the ability to fly and swap sexes. Mitchi is pursued by Duke Red and his “Red Party” who intend to use Mitchi for destructive purposes. However, Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi find Mitchi after her creator, Dr. Charles Laughton, is killed and protect her as they search for her parents.

However, this cinematic adaptation of Tezuka’s story integrates far more elements from the Fritz Lang film Metropolis. When making the original Metropolis manga, Tezuka said that the only real inspiration he got from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis was a still image from the movie where a female robot was being born.[3] In addition to adopting set designs of the original film, this version has more emphasis on a strong and pervasive theme of class struggle in a dystopian, plutocratic society and expands it to examine the relationship of robots with their human masters. (This relationship was explored by Tezuka in great detail with his popular series Astro Boy.) The anime adaptation also removes many of the more fanciful elements out of Tezuka’s manga, such as a flying, gender swapping humanoid. Here, Mitchi is replaced with “Tima”, who is permanently female and cannot fly.Untuk lebih memeriahkan Cergamboree (Pameran-Forum Komik Prancis & Indonesia) yang akan diadakan di CCCL — bekerja sama dengan C2O dan La Boîte à Bulle, selama bulan Februari sinematek C2O akan menampilkan film-film dengan tema komik: dokumenter mengenai sejarah komik di Amerika (Comic Book Confidential), serial pendek yang diputar di saluran TV internet, IFC, oleh komikus muda Dash Shaw (The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.), dan adaptasi dari manga Osamu Tezuka dan film bisu Jerman (Metropolis).

Pemutaran berlangsung tiap Sabtu, 17.00, di C2O, Jl. Dr. Cipto 20 Surabaya 60264 (jalan kecil seberang Konjen Amerika — lihat peta), gratis dan terbuka untuk umum. Sinematek C2O merupakan program pemutaran film dengan tujuan berbagi dan bertukar referensi dari film-film yang diputar, tanpa bermaksud membatasi. Sumbangan dan sokongan dari penonton sangat kami hargai untuk memastikan kelangsungan program ini dan C2O.

Dikarenakan musim hujan, pemutaran akan dilakukan di dalam ruangan dalam TV kecil. Mohon maaf dan terima kasih atas pengertiannya.

6 Februari 2010

comic_book_confidentialComic Book Confidential | Ron Mann
1988 | USA / Canada | 90m | Colour | In English, no subs.

Comic Book Confidential is an American/Canadian documentary film that was released in 1988. Directed by Ron Mann and written by Mann and Charles Lippincott, the film is an insightful survey of the history of the comic book medium in the U.S.A, from the 1930s to the 80s, particularly from the point of view of its being an art form. The film includes profiles of a number of notable and influential talents in the comics field, such as Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, and William M. Gaines. In addition to the talents discussing their best known contributions to the art, they also give readings of passages of their work. A live action version of Bill Griffith’s character, Zippy the Pinhead, also appears.

The project started in the mid-1980s when Mann was working on a press kit of the comedy Legal Eagles. He secretly used resources from that project (including the studio’s crew, money and film stock) to interview his subjects during his off hours. Due to time constraints, Mann cut out footage with musician Frank Zappa, Scrooge McDuck creator Carl Barks, All American Comics editor Julie Schwartz and creator of the first all-woman comic book It Ain’t Me Babe, Trina Robbins. The film received the 1989 Genie Award (recognizing the best of Canadian cinema by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television) for Best Documentary. A very insightful & entertaining history of the comic medium in the USA.

13 Februari 2010

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. | Dash Shaw
2009 | USA | Colour | In English intertitles

unclothedMan

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D is an original animated web series based on graphic novelist and comic book artist Dash Shaw’s latest book of the same title. Shaw’s animation has been widely praised for its eclectic style, innovative design and emotional depth.

Released in November 2009, it premied on the web Independent Film Channel: IFC.com. Each short episode of this five-part web series chronicles Rebel X-6, a man who works for a well-funded anti-droid organization. The fifth episode will provide behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series. The premiere on IFC.com marks Dash Shaw’s first animated series and will be based on a story line he has developed for several years. Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books is set to publish a book by the same name and characters.

The series features an animated hero, Rebel X-6, and his quest to bring out change in the 35th century A.D.. Rebel X-6 works for an anti-droid organization that opposes the use of droids in all sectors of modern society. An artist guild that opposes the use of droids in art class hires Rebel X-6. They believe living people should model for life drawings. Rebel X-6’s assignment is to enter Art School 46 posing as “Model-Droid #343.” Model droids appear life-like but do not laugh, cry, swear or exhibit other human shortcomings. His mission is to subvert the school’s ban on drawings of real humans by tricking the students into drawing him.

20 Februari 2010

No screening, but join us on Friday the 19th (ha) for a round of great animations in Salle France @ CCCL, Jl. Darmokali 10 Surabaya 60265, 18.00 – 20.00, in conjunction to 3-day Cergamboree. Big screen, air-conditioned screening for once! (And free.) Check out http://cergamboree.wordpress.com for full schedule.

27 Februari 2010

Metropolis | Rintaro
2004 | Japan | 104m | Colour | Japanese with English subtitles

metropolisMetropolis (メトロポリス, Metoroporisu) is an anime film released in Japan in 2001 and loosely based on the 1949 Metropolis manga created by the early Osamu Tezuka and also a loose adaptation of the famous silent German film of the same name by Fritz Lang. The film had an all star production team including renowned anime director Rintaro, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo as script writer, and animation by Madhouse Studios with conceptual support from Tezuka Productions.

In Tezuka’s original manga, the story revolves around a humanoid named Mitchi who has the ability to fly and swap sexes. Mitchi is pursued by Duke Red and his “Red Party” who intend to use Mitchi for destructive purposes. However, Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi find Mitchi after her creator, Dr. Charles Laughton, is killed and protect her as they search for her parents.

However, this cinematic adaptation of Tezuka’s story integrates far more elements from the Fritz Lang film Metropolis. When making the original Metropolis manga, Tezuka said that the only real inspiration he got from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis was a still image from the movie where a female robot was being born.[3] In addition to adopting set designs of the original film, this version has more emphasis on a strong and pervasive theme of class struggle in a dystopian, plutocratic society and expands it to examine the relationship of robots with their human masters. (This relationship was explored by Tezuka in great detail with his popular series Astro Boy.) The anime adaptation also removes many of the more fanciful elements out of Tezuka’s manga, such as a flying, gender swapping humanoid. Here, Mitchi is replaced with “Tima”, who is permanently female and cannot fly.

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