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Prehistoric poultry – The Dinornis or Great Roaring Whiffenpoof (1917)

Story and animation are equally clumsy, even if the Dinornis itself looks funny in a stupid kind of way. Willis O’Brien’s pre-Kong shorts are quite uneven. Not in my book of early birds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZs_XvEk54Y

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R.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (1916)

These amusing anachronisms of everyday prehistoric life surely must have inspired The Flintstones. Unfortunately, most of the story is rather slow and tedious – plus somewhat confusing and at times even incomprehensible. A surprising and hilarious mutilation scene is not … Continue reading

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The dinosaur and the missing link – a prehistoric tragedy (1915)

By today’s standards this caveman stop-motion – famous animator Willis O’Brien’s first – is both crude and simplistic. Definitely no tragedy, though! Refreshingly ironic intertitles. Not in my stone age book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ1DaT7f5lE&t=33s

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King Klunk (1933)

Pooch the Pup tries to cash in on the King Kong Kraze! The fluidity of movement, visual inventiveness, and all around jolly mood are both inspiring and refreshing, as so often in vintage animated cartoons. The first Kong parody and … Continue reading

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Το κορίτσι της Μάνης [The girl from Mani] (1986)

»There is no such thing as freedom« Another greek movie about the clash of old and new, this time a melodramatic love story trying for grandeur but ending up in embarrassment. The script is oldfashioned and passable, but the execution … Continue reading

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The ghost of Slumber Mountain (1919)

Simplistic script and slow storytelling while the dinosaurs themselves look surprisingly alive, moving – and breathing! – in a quite naturalistic manner. Technically impressive, though not in my prehistoric book.

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Το αμαξακι [Horse and carriage] (1957)

Father versus son, horse carriage versus taxi car. The conflict of old and new, in family as well as society, seems to be a recurring theme of greek post-war cinema. Unabashed melodrama with neorealist details. Both gripping and ridiculous – … Continue reading

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