Films : An Anatomy of Melancholy : synopses

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…”