“Harpya” by Raoul Servais (1979)

Servais animated the film using 35mm color front-projection of his characters onto a multiplane filmed, black velvet background.


The eponymous Harpy of the film

The Harpy, with its human torso and facial features, can be aligned to Freud’s primal uncanny and Kristeva’s notion of the abject in cinema. The film can also be read as a modern retelling of the femme fatale archetype story – a warning to men captivated by the allure of a dangerous female.

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