While interviewing Neil Gaiman in this documentary about artist Mike Diana, Gaiman mentions how surprised he is that not many people know that Diana was the first artist to be convicted for “artistic obscenity” in the United States. It happened not that long ago in 1994, down in Florida. I was aware of it, so watching the before, during and aftermath was pretty eye-opening.
Satoshi Kon continues to show why he is such a great animation director. With this beautifully told tale which combines an emotional story of a famous actress and glimpses of Japanese cinema past, his work seems to get as close to real life movies as is possible and that’s part of his gift to the viewer. The way the camera moves and the editing of scenes is so impressive on top of the animation.
This had me right from the beginning.
Beautifully photographed using great locations. The performances whether they were real actors or not seemed perfect to me. The music was so intricate to it. At times I wondered if I should mute it and then I realized how emotional it was to it.
See you down the road, Swankie!!