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Titel:     Les Miserables
Director     Mara Mattuschka
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Les Miserables
Year: 1987
Country: Austria
Length: 02:00 min
Premiere: no data
Medium: Film
Category: Avantgarde/Arts
Orig lang.: german
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Les Miserables
In this film, Mattuschka works exclusively with animation. The cheerful cartoon characters Mimi and Max have a bit of a childlike-bisexuality to them, even when the subject seems to be the desire for and the differences from the other sex: "Look at what I´ve got here," says Mimi when she lifts up her skirt, the reply she gets being, "Is that real...?". The funny thing is that the voices of the characters are all spoken by the same voice (Mara Mattuschka´s), and the characters´ representation is therefore channeled into a single and ficitve form of expression. The children´s song "Eyes and ears can easily be lost..." or the fight about which is better: to be blind or deaf, refer, on a meta-level, to the movie-goer´s basic perceptive organs, as well as the author´s, who has apparently created the characters in the film.

(Christa Blüminger, "Die Gesichter der Mara Mattuschka," in: (eds.) Alexander Horwath, Lisl Ponger, Gottfried Schlemmer, Avantgardefilm. Österreich. 1950 bis heute, Vienna 1995)

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