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Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

Directed by Thom Andersen
United States, 1975
Documentary, Biography


Filmmaker and Cal Arts professor Thom Andersen, over the course of ten years, animated Muybridge’s photographic studies of human and animal gesture and movement.

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Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer Directed by Thom Andersen

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The result is a mesmerising film essay that eludes easy description but remains required viewing over four decades after its inspired creation as a master’s thesis project at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
March 14, 2018
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Its low-key popularity is understandable and irresistible—it’s an instructional piece, a film theory icebreaker, a true crime yarn, and a brilliant structural film… Among its other virtues, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER quietly recognizes the cinema’s extraordinary utility in studying the dense surfaces of nineteenth-century photographs.
September 27, 2013
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