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.

Very Related Content:

Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man (a 52 minute documentary that pays homage to Shakespeare and Company)

Books Savored in Stop Motion Film

Going West: A Stop Motion Novel

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  1. Fernando A-b says . . . | October 19, 2011 / 11:48 am

    Lovely. ^_^

  2. Mike H. says . . . | October 19, 2011 / 1:39 pm

    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.

  3. Dan Colman says . . . | October 19, 2011 / 1:54 pm

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


  4. janet says . . . | January 28, 2012 / 8:23 am

    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?

  5. T. E. Hieatt says . . . | March 5, 2012 / 10:39 pm

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

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