The Old Man and The Sea, Finger-Painted and Animated on Glass
What Russian finger-painting has to do with iconic literature and the Oscars.
By Maria Popova
In 1953, Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea — the iconic novella that catapulted him into international celebrity status. Nearly half a century later, Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov produced an exquisite animated adaptation of the book.
Composed of over 29,000 images that Petrov and his son Dimitri painted in a unique pastels-on-glass technique over the course of two years, it received the 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film and went on to garner wide international acclaim.
For the kind of quality that will let you fully appreciate the exquisite artistry of the film, grab it on DVD, then hear Hemingway’s short, stirring Nobel Prize acceptance speech about loneliness and creativity.
Published May 4, 2011