Monday, February 11, 2008

Lunedi Lunacy

Lele's PuncinelliI first saw the work of Emanuele (Lele) Luzzati back in 1963 in a programme book for the Glyndebourne Festival. It would be another 6 years before I saw his magical designs on stage but in the meantime, through a few children’s and music books that were available in Canada, I became enamored of the child-like exuberance and musicality of his imagination. He was known throughout Europe as a stage designer, book illustrator, muralist, film director, animator (with partner Guilio Gianni) and designer of fantastic children’s parks and playgrounds. Still actively creating at the age of 84, his death in January 2007, left the world with one less source of joy, wonder and lunacy.

It's questionable if Rossini actually wrote the Cat Duet but god knows he heard enough caterwauling sopranos to give him inspiration.

Lele and Gianni were nominated several times for Oscars and amongst their noted animations where the titles for Brancaleone alle Crociate (Brancaleone at the Crusades) second in a series of Italian comedies featuring Vittorio Gassman as a hapless knight who becomes the leader of an army of rogues, cheats and liars. The first movie gave rise to the expression - often applied to Italian politicians: They're as bad as Brancaleone's Army!

11 febbraio - Nostre Signore di Lourdes


sageweb said...

Well I love the bike riders. The second video was a little violent...but quirky. What a way to start my Monday.

Michael Sporn said...

Thank you for posting this piece. It's something I hadn't seen before, and I've searched out the work of these artists. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

clap clap clap oh I LOVED those! Really enjoyed the cat duet. heh heh, so great. I am an animation whore. Hi my friend!

Elizabeth said...

LOVE the cat duet. "Meow ow ow ow!"

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Elizabeth said...

P.S. My youngest loves the singing kitties. i should have her post a comment sometime on you lovely lundi lunacies.

Willym said...

Sageweb: Come on now its not as violent as Itchy and Scratchy!

Michael: Very much enjoyed your website pages devoted to Lele and Gianni - thanks for letting me share them.

Auld: Welcome back my darling - missed you. And missed Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Elizabeth: Please do - would love to hear from her.

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