THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
LAWRENCE JORDAN • 40m
Using the cut-out animation, Lawrence Jordan married the classic engravings of Gustave Doré to the classic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge through narrator Orson Welles. It is a long opium dream of the old mariner who wantonly killed the albatross and suffered the pains of the damned for it.
"The film, far from being a mere visual accompaniment to the poem, has an integrity of its own. Throughout the film, serpents, butterflies and other creatures from Jordan's earlier works such as DUO CONCERTANTES and GYMNOPEDIES appear, bearing the unmistakable signature of the artist, creating mysteries, subtleties and rich asides. These are the strokes of genius, the touch of the craftsman, which have turned old material into new, translating 19th century art into a totally new kind of masterpiece. The Mariner lives as he has never lived before." - Carmen Vigil
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