Back in the spring, we featured Romanian animator Sebastian Cosor‘s animation of Edvard Munch’s The Scream set to Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky.” But the wintertime has almost come, which necessitates not just a change in the clothes we wear, but a change in the animations of The Scream we watch. Fortunately, Cosor has already put together a seasonally appropriate version of his earlier video, which you can see above.
The setting of Munch’s original Scream painting can, with its depopulated landscape under a hot orange sky, look pretty hellish, even before you notice the agonized fellow writhing in the middle of it. Wouldn’t it feel altogether more pleasant under a snowfall? And the screamer himself — surely he’d give off a jollier vibe if he wore a Santa hat? Cosor has answered these questions and others in this humorous two-minute CGI film, which once again unites 1970s psychedelic rock with late-19th/early-2oth-century Norwegian painting.
Some may consider this a kind of desecration of an important work of art (whether they mean the Norwegian painting or the psychedelic rock), but even those who don’t might harbor one serious objection: isn’t the middle of November a bit early to haul out the Christmas stuff? Fair enough, as the holiday decorations in stores and public places do seem to appear a little earlier each year. But if we can’t make an exception for the case of a festive production as strange as this, for what can we make an exception?
Colin Marshall writes elsewhere on cities, language, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video series The City in Cinema, and the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future? Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.