Achilles (1995, NSFW)

Achilles is an 11-minute “very adult retelling of the Iliad” in stop-motion animation by celebrated British puppet animator and theater director Barry Purves. This NSFW film focuses on the homoerotic relationship between Achilles and Patroclus and its influence on their experience of the Trojan War. Achilles was produced by UK television Channel Four and features the voice talents of Derek Jacobi as the narrator. It was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Animation in 1996 and won several other awards at many international film festivals.

On the explicit sexuality in the film, Purves notes in an interview: “With Achilles the question was whether it was possible to bring eroticism into stop-motion, or would technique get in the way. I think it worked. There’s been little serious eroticism in animation. A lot of films poke fun at sex and flesh, but it seems to me that animation is an interesting medium for exploring our primal urges.”

More:

http://barrypurves.com/Achilles

https://clivehicksjenkins.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/interview-with-barry-purves-part-2-in-the-realm-of-the-senses/

 

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