There are a lot of pictures. Just thought I'd say that up front.Yeah, Bowers really likes eggs. The symbol makes sense...it shows potential and eagerness - qualities that Bowers seems to present in his films.( Another Bowers's movie with an egg theme...Collapse )
I condensed this post from an earlier post I made to silent comedies, so if it seems familiar, it is!My introductory screencap is from the wonderful Charley Bowers' film 'Now You Tell Me', from 1926.In the 1960's Raymond Borde of the Toulouse Cinematique offered 5 francs for every kilo of old film that was brought to him. One day, a gypsy brought in some battered cannisters, and Raymond opened them, ran the film, and was amazed. He'd never heard of 'Bricolo'. And yet, the films had a high production value, boasted a large cast of actors, and were obviously the work of a talented and singular mind. They were delightfully surreal, combining stop-motion puppetry and animation with live action. And doing it seamlessly. It took years before the link from the French 'Bricolo', to the American, 'Charley Bowers' was made. Today, hardly anyone knows anything about him, either professionally or personally, and that's such a shame.( some screencaps taken from 'Now You Tell Me', from the DVD, 'Charley Bowers: The Rediscovery of an American Comic Genius' (the DVD contains seven comedies and eight animated short films)Collapse )
Hello to all:I´m florencisalesas and I´m new at that community.Before all, I must to say that I´m a guy who still hasn´t had the opportunity to see no one of his movies, except few photos (some of the best were posted by the brilliant kixxa) even to be very interesed in him. By that reason I´m a total ignorant about that man and I ask sorry for it: I promiss to post no opinion about his work until I´d haven´t watch some of his work personally.I hope you´d been so kind to accept the post of that links, which are four articles in french and one in italian, wrote about Charley. I hope some of you could to understand that languages :)In french:
Do you think the Bowers' process was anything like how live animation was done in normal cirumstances (i.e. hands moving the object in front of the camera fame-by-frame; for instance, "The Lost World", "King Kong")considering that his objects have 10xs more fluidity than his contemporaries?
...surreal and wonderful.