A film program for children

Little Histories of Cinema offers a first look at Japanese animation through the work of one of its great storytellers, Osamu Tezuka.

Manga (comic) and anime (cartoons) would not be what they are today without the outstanding work of Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989). A great artist and narrator, Tezuka laid the foundations for new genres and came up with narrative solutions that still surprise us with their originality today. A forerunner of the classic big-eyed 'manga' style of characters, he managed to make graphic novels a massive hit with Japanese adults. He was also able to take his brilliant discoveries to the screen (Astroboy, Kimba and Black Jack), becoming the Japanese artist who would continue to define the aesthetic of cartoons right up to the present day.

His extensive output of feature films and series for TV and animated short films totals more than 70 works that earned him the admiration of directors like Stanley Kubrick and Hayao Miyazaki.

The three sessions in this program focus on his more personal work, which is undoubtedly the least familiar to the general public. It takes a look at his more independent and experimental short films and pays tribute to his 'God of manga' side with the film version of one of his great comics, Metropolis, made by Rintaro and Katsuhiro Otomb.

Programmed by Carolina Lopez Caballero


Saturdays May 23, 30 and June 6, 2009 at 5.30pm

May 23

Osamu Tezuka I
Duration: 47 min. Without dialogue.

Aru machi kado no monogatari (Tales of a Street Corner), Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 1962, 38 min.

Jiga Zou (Self-portrait). Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 1988, 13 sec.

Ningyo (Mermaid). Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 1964, 8 min.

May 30

Osamu Tezuka II
Duration: 46min. Without dialogue.

Mori no densetsu (Legend of the Forest). Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 1987, 30min

Shizuku (Drop). Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 1965, 4 min.

Onboro Filmu (Broken Down Film). Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 6 min.

Jumping. Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 1984. 6min

June 6

Tezuka revisited
Duration 1h 48min. Dubbed in Spanish.

Osamu Tezuka no Metoroporisu (Metropolis by Osamu Tezuka). Rintaro , Japan, 2002, 108 min.

Program subject to last-minute changes.

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