Sunday, October 7, 2007


The fascinating animated films of Hans Fischerkoesen are nearly as interesting as his strange life. Fischerkoesen worked as an animator in Nazi Germany, and survived the fascist police state making films throughout the war years. Little is known about his motives. Was he a collaborator, cooperating with political thugs, or a subversive cleverly slipping his messages through the cracks in the concrete? The evidence supports the latter. As for the films, even his commercials are amazing. In Fischerkoesen's hands, a simple advertisement for a heartburn remedy becomes an expressionistic masterpiece. The horror is real.
To read an excerpt from "Resistance And Subversion in Animated Films of The Nazi Era: the Case of Hans Fischerkoesen," click here :

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