December 18, 2005
Montrealers have a chance to see a well-selected program of animated films for The Film Society's Christmas screening on Wednesday.

It begins with stop-motion animator Ivo Caprino's feature Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (the French version, Le Grand Prix du si├Ęcle, will be shown). Philippe Spurrell, who programs The Film Society screenings using 16mm prints from his personal collection, found some interesting facts about the film:
  • It's shown on Norwegian television every Christmas Eve.
  • Since its premiere on August 28, 1975, the movie was shown at a cinema somewhere in the world every day of the week, for 28 years, mainly in theaters in Norway, Moscow or Tokyo. The non-stop run ended in 2003.
  • Caprino was a perfectionist. The animated band plays the correct notes in correct timing to the soundtrack.
The film will be preceded by an equally impressive selection of shorts:
  • An early Caprino short, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and a personal favourite
  • Special Delivery, directed by John Weldon and Eunice McAulay, and produced by the late Derek Lamb.
  • Will Vinton's A Christmas Gift, a clay animation achievement

When: Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Faubourg Tower at the corner of Guy and Ste-Catherine streets, Room 401
Cost: FREE, but space is limited to 25 people, so please arrive early if you want to get a seat.

You are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks for the intermission.

The Film Society meets every second Wednesday and regularly features animation from around the world.

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