Rapsodeus is a reflection on human nature’s destructive instinct, which has always chased impossible utopias while spreading death and destruction everywhere. Guided by the musical notes of Franz Liszt’s second Hungarian Rhapsody, it combines 2D and 3D animation techniques. Bozzetto, who presented the short at the film festivals in Annecy and Hiroshima, decided to distribute it for free on his YouTube channel.
Bruno Bozzetto (Milan, Italy, 1938) debuted in 1958 with the animated short Tapum! The History of Weapons and in 1960 founded Bruno Bozzetto Film, with which he made commercials and movies. One of the world’s most famous animators and cartoonists, Bozzetto has directed many films, including the series of shorts dedicated to Signor Rossi; the animated feature films West and Soda (1965) and Allegro non troppo (1976); the real-life movie Under the Chinese Restaurant (1987); the TV series Sandwich (1984); and the shorts Mister Tao (1989), Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; Grasshoppers (1990), nominated for an Oscar and a Nastro d’argento in 1990; and Looo (2005), which was made in 3D. In 2014 he received the Maria Adriana Prolo Award from the National Cinema Museum Association.
Un Oscar per il signor Rossi (cm, 1960), Alfa Omega (cm, 1961), Il signor Rossi al mare (cm, 1964), West and soda (1965), Vip, mio fratello superuomo (1968), Ego (cm, 1969), Gli sport del signor Rossi (serie tv/tv series, 1975), Il signor Rossi cerca la felicità (1976), Allegro non troppo (1976), Le vacanze del signor Rossi (1976), I sogni del signor Rossi (1977), Tennis Club (cm, 1982), Sotto il ristorante cinese (1987), Baeus (cm, 1987), Cavallette (cm, 1990), Help? (cm, 1995), Adam (cm, 2002), Spaghetti Family (serie tv/tv series, 2003), Olympics (cm, 2003), Armi su strada (cm, 2008).
Rapsodia ungherese/Hungarian Rhapsody n. 2 di/by Franz Liszt