Don Hertzfeldt, Digital Kitsch, the Apocalypse

Filmlive-action, feature-length filmhas a sense of time that's usually likened to a mold or the flow of a river. Animated shorts are more like fireworks. They appear, change shape at blinding speed, and withdraw. Alexander Alexeieff, whose Night on Bald Mountain (made with Clare Parker) is routinely considered one of the best animated films ever made, said that his goal was “a synthesis whose presence on the screen will last only one minute, during which the audience cannot withdraw its attention for even a fraction of a second.”

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