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Amusing Scenes from the Life of Insects

Animated Film
Russia
1912
6 minutes
subtitles: 
Czech Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Compilation film of experiments and out-takes, edited into a children’s film (not by Starewicz).

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Babylas' Marriage

Animated Film
France
1921
15 minutes
subtitles: 
French Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
The film is a delightful tale of a spoiled wedding between child’s toys which shows Starewicz’s typical style of making amusing films appropriate for children without much sentimentality. As in many of his other films, his daughter Nina plays the role of the child.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

In the Spiders Grip

Animated Film
France
1920
13 minutes
subtitles: 
French Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
A chilling tale of insect delinquency. She, an irresponsible scatterbrain young fly, ignores the warnings of her stuffy fiance, a capricorn beetle, against going to the big city, where her downfall is brought about by the villain of the piece, a seducer in spider form.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Beautiful Lukanida

Animated Film
Russia
1912
10 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
In this film the tale of a beautiful king’s daughter and her prince is staged with animated bugs. It was screened in a cinema in 1912 as the first puppet animation ever and laid the foundations for Starewicz’s success.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Cameraman's Revenge

Animated Film
Russia
1912
12 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Infidelity among beetles and grashoppers. When the husband discovers the infidelity of his wife, he films her with her lover and shows the film in the local cinema.
This 100-year-old film not only shows Starewicz's outstanding talent but has remained quite up to date even today.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Insects's Christmas

Animated Film
Russia
1913
7 minutes
subtitles: 
Russian Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
The insects celebrate a beautiful Christmas with a tree and decorations just like humans and Santa Clause comes for a visit.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Little Parade

Animated Film
France
1924
20 minutes
subtitles: 
French Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
The film is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale „The Steadfast Tin Soldier“, the Story of a little tin soldier who falls in love with a toy ballerina. A masterpiece of the silent film era with magnificent animated scenes.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Little Street Singer

Animated Film
France
1924
10 minutes
subtitles: 
French Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
A poor mother and daughter lose their home because they can’t pay back what they owe to a usurer. The mother is forced to sew day and night while the daughter goes begging with a barrel organ and her little monkey, Jacky. But Jacky is clever and the usurer is no match for such an opponent.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Magic Clock, or the Girl who Wanted to Be a Princess

Animated Film
France
1928
30 minutes
subtitles: 
French Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Nina, the clockmaker's little daughter (and daughter of Starewicz) starts daydreaming in front of a great clock with three moving automatons. She changes from being a street singer to a ballerina in love with a tin soldier, then a princess in search of a handsome knight. From burglaries to castle attacks and mermaids to dragons, the adventures never stop ... just like the hands of a clock.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Voice of the Nightingale

Animated Film
France
1925
13 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
Władyslaw Starewicz
It is a fairy tale about a girl who releases a nightingale out of its cage. In return the bird gives the girl a beautiful voice. The animation was awarded the Hugo Riesenfeld Medal for being the "most novel short subject motion picture in the USA during the year 1925".

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.