Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: Calvino's Invisible Cities

I regularly think that I need to read more Italo Calvino--I've even moved his books to a special place on my shelf so that I remember that I want to do this--and today's fine arts feature has further reinforced this belief.

Today, we are featuring a short film by Mario Pietro Brioschi, a visual effects artist who created this fantastic film inspired by Calvino's The Invisible Cities.  It was selected in the top ten of the Corriere della Sera's contest: "Letteratura in corto" (Literature in the short).

Take a look:

The Invisible Cities from mario brioschi on Vimeo.

I'm fascinated by the way that the buildings are created over time, and I love the way the music, story, and imagery come together.  Plus, I think the concept in and of itself is haunting--a city that needs to keep building, otherwise it, and its residents, will fall apart and blow away.

You can find more about Brioschi, as well as still images from the film, here.