Spike Jonze Presents a Stop Motion Film for Book Lovers

It all started when filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) met handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan and asked her to create a Catcher in the Rye embroidery for his wall. She asked him to collaborate on a film in return. And so Jonze and Le-Tan, together with French director Simon Cahn, spent six months writing a script, then animating 3,000 pieces of felt cut by Le-Tan herself. The result is Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), a short stop motion film set inside the famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and it features a skeleton, his lover, and some famous book covers that spring to life.

For more backstory, don’t miss this short “Making of” film, a short interview with Olivia Le-Tan, and an interview with Spike Jonze. Here, you can also watch Mourir Auprès de Toi (now added to our Free Movie collection) in a larger format.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/fbisan Fernando A-b

    Lovely. ^_^

  • Mike H.

    Slow, boring and unimaginative. Jonze is very overrated. Warner Brothers animation department did several cartoons based on this concept over 50 years ago that packed much more energy and humor into a very few minutes worth of dazzling animation.

  • Dan Colman

    Mike H, if you find them online, send them our way. We would be interested in checking them out.


  • http://fromOpenCulture janet

    A very gentle way to wake up on a quiet Saturday..Don’t see this as only a comparison..enjoy it for ideas it imparts..Maybe time to go find a lover, hmm?

  • T. E. Hieatt

    I enjoy short films that capture subtlety, quiet moments, and explore relationships in humorous, metaphorical ways. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary Moritz


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