Silly Symphonies

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The Clock Store

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jul 6, 2015

This one features a terrific opening gambit, as the lamplighter (and the animation camera) moves laterally, introducing us to the milieu, as well as the style that the animators are applying as they render it. Now the lamplighter passes the eponymous clock store, where we stay, while he goes right out of the film. Buñuel’s Phantom of Liberty! Barbara Bel Geddes in Vertigo!!

Inside the store itself, the different clock styles cue different musical and choreographical styles—most prettily with the French minuet. Lovely! The clock fight is funny, and the pummeling fists that result are very impressively, quite virtuosically executed.