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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Julien Beramis (voice)
Marine Griset (voice)
Michel Elias (voice)
Olivier Claverie (voice).
Directors
Michel Ocelot.
Screenwriters
Michel Ocelot.
Running Time
84 minutes

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Tales Of The Night
Enchanting silhouette animation


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Plot
A small group gathers in a derelict movie theatre to tell each other tales of magical dragons, werewolves and fairy-tale princesses.


Review
Tales Of The Night
Few produce pictures as consistently ravishing as French animator Michel Ocelot and there’s a timeless magic to these newly minted fairy tales. They are bound by a peculiar linking device involving a cinema technician helping a couple act out stories about questing heroes who have to prove themselves through tricky tasks: a werewolf tries to hide his secret, a drummer strives to make people dance and a youth has to journey through the Land Of The Dead. However, the pick of the six sees a pair of kings attempting to trick the rider of a talking horse into telling a lie. Replete with princesses, sorcerers, mythical beasts and sumptuous backdrops, this is a glorious demonstration of the silhouettist’s art.


Verdict
Michel Ocelot's ravishing animation and magical storytelling is a delight from start to finish.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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