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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1978 - 29 July.6 August

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Category: Edition 1978

A distinctly Disneyish imprint, it is freely inspired by The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, centered on the figure of D'Artagnan, flanked by Athos, Portos and Aramis and tells the most famous adventure of the quartet: the recovery of the diamond necklace given by the queen of France to the Count of Buckingham. The various episodes are illustrated and made more understandable to younger viewers by a talking owl invented by the filmmakers whose epic and sentimental aspect is underlined by songs interpreted by the Cousins of Campagna.

Original Title VIVA D'ARTAGNAN
Category Official Competition
Festival Awards Special Prize (1978)
Section Official Competition
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 86'
Production Year 1977
Nationality France, Italy, United Kingdom
Directed by Gabriele Crisanti, John Halas
Screenplay Paolo Di Girolamo
Music Bruno Zambrini, Gianni Zambrini


Gabriele Crisanti (Rome, 1935) is a film producer, director, screenwriter, professor of architectural design and art history, and Italian set designer.
Founding Member, with Orson Welles, of the First International Cinematographic Cooperative - A.T.A. Ltd.
Set designer and contributor to the set design of films like Il corsaro verde isola and Cleopatra.
He produced, mainly in the eighties, horror films including Malabimba, Patrick still lives, and La bimba di Satana of which he is also screenwriter.

 regista John HalasJOHN HALAS

John Halas (Budapest, 6 April 1912) is a Hungarian animator.
He moved to Great Britain in 1936, where in 1940, together with his wife Joy Batchelor, he founded a studio, the Halas and Batchelor.
The study focuses first on anti-fascist propaganda films, then, after the war, focuses on both popular and entertainment productions. But the quantum leap is made by producing in 1954, The Animal Farm, an adaptation of the famous novel by George Orwell.
Although the starting point might seem ideological, Halas and Batchelor decided to make a film for everyone. Stylistically the animals are far from the anthropomorphic features typical of the Disney school and retain their own dignified animality. There was much criticism about the change in finals, which, unlike Orwell's pessimism, ended in a happy ending, but the two artists justified the change as a sign of openness and optimism towards the future. The film saw the light in 1954, and was the first British animated feature film.