Monday, January 24, 2011

A Small Timer In The Trade Of Culture

Last week Signe Baumane interviewed Lasse Persson and screened his films at the Gershwin Hotel.

I wasn't planning on writing about it, but the talk and the pieces have stuck with me.

The design is classic cartoon without being cliché. The artist brings his own touch to 50s styling.

He says he tries to keep the "same profile all of the time".

The animation, for one, is super. It's smooth and unusual. The characters move in funny ways that are intrinsic to their personalities and places in the story.

Much of the discussion revolved around the filmmaker's cross-dressing. The filmmaker offered some nice insights regarding animation and identity.

"...having this ability to identify with both the male and female sex my personality fits in both. Or maybe it doesn't fit in any."

"Animation can actually substitute for crossdressing".

"Some animators have made a career of doing female roles, it means they have an affinity for the other sex."


Elliot Cowan said...

This film is terrific.
Full of great walks and bits of business throughout.

roconnor said...

His others films are pretty good too.

The animation is witty and films are clever. Great use of the medium.

Michael Sporn said...

I was at the show and couldn't agree with you more. He is a well developed animator, filmmaker and designer. Everything about his work shines intelligence, wit and charm.

A great show. I was just a bit bored with all the crossdressing conversation. After a half hour, I got it. After an hour I wondered if they were ever going to talk about the animation on the screens.

I had to leave after two hours for another appointment. I'm heard that you were able to bring the conversation around to the animated work. Good for you.

roconnor said...

I suspect many audience members haven't ever confronted gender identity. I have my B. A. from the New School, so I, too, find it old hat.

To me the issues of gender are very interesting -especially in connection to this artform which asks practitioners to become daily Tiresias(es). But those are much different conversations than "what did your kids think?" or "how do you like your sex?"