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Masquerade

Lawrence Jordan

USA, 1981
5 minutes, Colour, Sound, 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm

For the first time I am animating hand-painted engraved cut-outs on a full colour background. The film is mood-filled: A duel scene in a snowy forest, obviously the morning after a masquerade ball. Harlequin lies dying, while red indian walks away with the wings of victory. The woman between them appears, cat masked. The mask dissolves away. Her spirit passes into the face of the sun upon the sun flower. But Harlequin cannot escape death. The blue world engulfs him. – L.J.

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