Details
FOOTAGE number
HBF481585
Title
The Figurehead
Medium
16mm
Date
1953CE
Description
A poem of unrequited love: the Halas and Batchelor animation studio’s first puppet production in 1953. Based on a poem by Cosbie Garstin, the film tells the story of a carved wooden saint who is painted to look like a soldier and used as a figure-head on a sailing ship. The ship sinks and the figurehead is saved by a beautiful mermaid who falls in love with him. Her love is not returned because despite his dashing looks he has the wooden heart of a saint.
Credit
The Figurehead / Halas & Batchelor / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
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