Allegro Non Troppo: “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” (1976)

This feature-length Italian film, directed by Bruno Bozzetto, is a parody of Disney’s Fantasia. It features six animated vignettes which are interspersed with live-action black and white scenes showing the fictional animator, orchestra, conductor and filmmaker commenting and working on the production of the film in a humorous fashion.

Two of its animated episodes derive their subject matter directly from Fantasia — the first of these is the first vignette in Allegro non Troppo set to Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, which was inspired by the Centaur scene set to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. In this story, an elderly satyr pursues nymphlike nude female figures, all in a failed effort to restore the virility and good looks of his youth. The erotic yet humorous storyline depicts the humiliation of the satyr as he grows ever smaller in size. The scene ends on a peaceful note, with the landscape traversed by the satyr transformed into a woman’s body.


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