A Short Film Created By Animating Baroque Paintings to Dreamy (and Nightmarish) Effect

Beauty Short Film Rino

Why Watch? You might want to ingest some drugs for this one. Or simply let it act as a stand-in for them.

Surreal and magnetic, this short from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro takes classic paintings and distorts them in order to create movement. The effect is wondrous and eye-opening, shoving two-dimensional figures headlong into the uncanny valley. Some will marvel at the serene, airy landscapes (and rightfully so), but the beatific terror created by the violence of the second half is where it earns the standing ovation. Portraits turn ghostly with empty eyes, angles and demons writhe with the orgiastic brutality of Devil’s Advocate‘s final sequence and everything gets gruesomely uncomfortable.

That’s where the name Beauty becomes more of a challenge than a title.

What Will It Cost? About 8 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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