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I present the 1933 surrealist film by Ladislaw Starewicz (1892-1965) titled The Devil's Ball, transferred from my very own 16mm print using my Eiki 6 Blade Shutter Telecine. The Eiki has a special diffusion plate that eliminates the 'hot spot' of the projector, and the spooky sound is pulled right from the optical track. I have traditionally shown this film at Halloween with friends, and now I present it to all of you on those there YouTubes. Enjoy! Muuoooaha-ha-ha!!! 😵
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15 thoughts on “The devils ball (1933)”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luna Clark says:

    Now I’ll be able to say I watched The Devil’s Balls with Fran Blanche on Halloween. Sadly that’s the high point of my day lol

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bard Madsen says:

    That was cool! Halloween is really about crossing the pre-perihelion of the Taurid Stream and commemorates the people who died from the cosmic impacts. At this time the meteors seem to originate from the constellation of Taurus, the Sky Bull, and that is where the fallacy of the Devil comes from with the horns, cloven hooves, ears, and tufted ended tail being cast from Heaven down in a crater. The comets and superbolides have been anthropomorphic / zoomorphic / analogically changed from a natural phenomena. The Festival of the Dead is global such as the Bon Festival and other Ancestor Worship traditions yet they lost the meaning and fixated on a date which retrogrades with the slippage of the precession of the Vernal Equinox.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dr. Zarkhov says:

    Nice Halloween gift Fran.😈🎃 Thank you! Those zooms and pans were very interesting and the attention to details is phenomenal.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JDVHS says:

    …lols….just awesome! did utoob ping you with a copyright claim on this one?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rayrayfad says:

    I saw this on a Weird Cartoons video cassette back in late 80s. Great to see it again! Hail Satan!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leroytirebiter says:

    The same year as King Kong! Funny to think Ray Harryhausen would be a teenager when all this was hitting cinemas.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Thomas says:

    A cool bit of stop motion..The Nightmare Before The Nightmare Before Christmas?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Hukushi says:

    thanks for the treat.
    I should dub a TOOL song to this. Runtime just right for Fear Innoculum.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Graeme Davidson says:

    Surprisingly well done and the mind boggles as to how and where this would have been viewed back in the day! It occurred to me that Metropolis was shot only 4 years earlier, relying on stop motion too. I was initially expecting a piece on the notorious Demon Core!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jon Dhuse says:

    Hah – I'm playing for a Halloween party tomorrow evening and one of the tunes on the set is "At The Devil's Ball", a song by Irving Berlin from 1913!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ziggy says:

    You are a STAR Fran, I swear, this has made my day Lady!! Even though technically I'm celebrating Beltane! Yes there is the other side of the planet. x

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ExPFC Wintergreen v2.0 says:

    Wow the animators at Disney who did the “Night on Bald Mountain” sequence in Fantasia clearly drew some inspiration from this

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Janokins says:

    I wonder if they used some puppets as well as stop motion, I'm sure some things had motion blur on them

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Fletcher Reder says:

    Dude is lobbing and kicking people through the door, like I get it you're the Devil, but that's no excuse for being RUDE.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Reverend Fuzzy says:

    I just love that stop-motion animation. Only some rotoscope could have made it any better (at the time).

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