The Old Man & The Sea Animated

In 1999, Alek­san­dr Petrov won the Acad­e­my Award for Short Film (among oth­er awards) for a film that fol­lows the plot line of Ernest Hem­ing­way’s clas­sic novel­la, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). As not­ed here, Petro­v’s tech­nique involves paint­ing pas­tels on glass, and he and his son paint­ed a total of 29,000 images. Rather incred­i­ble. Above, we present the 20 minute short.

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  • sue ogden says:

    This small per­fect movie is one of the best I’ve seen late­ly! I have fished, friends of mine fish now off Cape Cod, the book has always been a favorite of mine and this short “gem” is the crux of it all!
    Thank you.…

  • Jorge Nava says:

    This is an art mas­ter­piece that should be played in every design and art school…

  • Song says:

    Hem­ing­way is acknowl­edged as great at con­vey­ing moods and emo­tions in his works. He is like Stein­beck. Hem­ing­way had the abil­i­ty to use the lan­guage and the vari­able emo­tion­al effects of words, print­ed on a page to project the read­er into the sto­ry; in that the read­er beomes the char­ac­ter.
    The old man, San­ti­a­go, is a glyph, a sym­bol even an icon rep­re­sent­ing the strug­gle, vic­to­ry, tragedy, loss, rebu­tal, denial and fate of all men who sub­mit to beg to their char­ter we will all of us, fail, judged by human or human­ist val­ues. Yet in our MHS (mind, heart, spir­it) we pre­vail — this is the mes­sage of the sto­ry. ergo what oth­er men think is not impor­tant, what I think is all that mat­ters.

  • maybrit says:

    Absolute­ly fantastic.…I almost wept

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  • Alby says:

    Aston­ish­ing, an absolute mas­ter­piece, I feel like sob­bing.

  • putting4par says:

    One of the most beau­ti­ful movies of all time. A mas­ter­piece that so few have seen. Every­one who loves beau­ty deserves to see this.

  • June says:

    Tru­ly a beau­ti­ful work of art

  • David Jefferson says:

    What a won­der­ful way to add to an already great work. Thank you Dad and son for 26,000 paint­ings that, togeth­er, cre­ate the visu­al beau­ty of this film. DavyJ

  • zakaria yasin says:

    this is a great site .asite for every thing for any one who wants to learn

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