Saturday, August 11, 2007

Kinski lives!

I return from SIGGRAPH to the shocking realization that Gothenburg is more hot and humid than San Diego! There were a lot of cool shorts and special effects showcased in the animation program and electronic theater, but the most interesting one for this blog was Kinski Revisited from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Through computer graphics, animators have recreated the features of the legendary actor as he would have looked were he alive today, 80 years old! The animation is good but not totally convincing - there were more successful examples at SIGGRAPH, such as David Fincher's ressurection of an old popcorn seller. But I love the fact that this quirky star of endless Eurotrash sleaze - as well as classic arthouse movies - now gets his digital due alongside the likes of previously re-animated celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.

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