Bruno Bozzetto & Guido Manuli (1973)

Lines uttered in all freedom, all joined by a common theme, that is music; from classical to opera music nothing escapes the irreverent and hilarious film’s criticism.

Most of Opera is busy mocking classic opera scenes, but towards its close it turns into social satire, and represents the self-destruction of the world.

Guido Manuli is one of the most influential Italian animators and film directors of his time. He started a long-standing collaboration with animation legend Bruno Bozzetto and together they worked on cult movies like West and Soda, Vip Mio Fratello Superuomo, Allegro Non Troppo, and many more. In 1991 he won the Davide of Donatello Award for Best Screenplay for Volere Volare, a mixed technique feature film. Later in the 90s he directed the TV movie Monster Mash, followed by the theatrical feature Aida degli Alberi in 2001 and the CGI animated series Water and Bubbles in 2008/’09. During the last 40 years he also created dozens of short films that won scores of accolades worldwide. Works such as Opera (1973), Fantabiblical (1977), Count Down (1978), Just a Kiss (1983), and Incubus (1985) were screened and widely acclaimed at every major animation Festival. His energetic style was often compared to Tex Avery.

Bruno Bozzetto is an Italian cartoon animator and film director, creator of many short pieces, mainly of a political Hiii or satirical nature. He created his first animated short “Tapum! the weapons’ story” in 1958 at the age of 20. His most famous character, a hapless little man named “Signor Rossi”, has been featured in many animated shorts as well as starring in three feature films: Mr. Rossi Looks for Happiness, Mr. Rossi’s Dreams, and Mr. Rossi’s Vacation.

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