Icarus (1974)

8 min. / Canada / dir. Paul Bochner / no dialog

Watch here: https://www.nfb.ca/film/icarus/

In this hand-drawn, meditative short made up of naturalistic sketches, Bochner retells the classic tale of Icarus; however, he puts a unique emphasis on the idea of the body as a prison, and on the shared hybridity of the Minotaur and of the “Bird-men” that Daedalus & his son become when they don their wings. The film ends on a cosmic note, reminiscent of Phaethon, as Icarus flies beyond the atmosphere into space, only to fall.


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