Films : An Anatomy of Melancholy : all

animate! synopsis

Drawing on despair, sketching the skeleton. Mortality marks. From Keats to Robert Burton, a major body of woe is made. Light is not the only thing that is passing.

long synopsis

An Anatomy of Melancholy is a cinematic meditation on mortality which takes the form of a special anatomy book – one in the process of being made.

As hand-drawn illustrations appear slowly and painfully on the pages of the book, showing us parts of a dissected human body, we witness both the act of creation and a testament to our own passing.

Accompanying the simple but powerful images of the human body, we hear the words of Keats’ Ode on Melancholy:

“Ay, in the very temple of Delight
Veiled Melancholy has her sovran shrine…”

key credits

director
Jo Ann Kaplan
John Keat's Ode on Melancholy read by
Fayida Jailler
director of photography
Hugh Gordon
animation
Jo Ann Kaplan
composer
Thom Willems
producer
Dick Arnall
production company

Jo Ann Kaplan

a film by Jo Ann Kaplan

direction

director
Jo Ann Kaplan

based upon

actual credit
based upon
title of original material
The Anatomy of Melancholy
author
Robert Burton
type of adapted source material
anatomy book

voice-over

John Keat's Ode on Melancholy read by
Fayida Jailler

live-action personnel

director of photography
Hugh Gordon

image personnel

animation
Jo Ann Kaplan
visual effects
Mark Holden
telecine operator or colourist
Max Horton
Mark Horrobin

sound personnel

composer
Thom Willems

production personnel

post production producer
Julia Wigginton, The Moving Picture Company
producer
Dick Arnall, Finetake Productions
production company
Finetake Productions

support

primary funding

Funded by the Arts Council of England and Channel Four

© Jo Ann Kaplan 2000

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format
DigiBeta
colour or black & white
colour

video distribution format

video format
BetaSP
screen aspect ratio
4:3
video standard
PAL
sound type
stereo

distributor

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