Animated Adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s Poem “The Man with the Beautiful Eyes”

Author, poet Charles Bukowski was never the flowery, abstract type of poet people are accustomed to. His musings on life ranged in topics, but they always had a thin veil of cynicism to them, which is no surprise if you ever listened to his thoughts on life. In The Man With the Beautiful Eyes, a film that won the BAFTA for best animated short in 2000, Bukowski’s poem is given a visual makeover. Director Jonathan Hodgson and Jonny Hannah teamed up to create the short with the goal of creating an animation that would flow like poetry, telling a story fluidity instead of literally. Using cel animation techniques with paint on paper, the result is a unique take on Bukowski’s work that captures his elusive, paradoxical nature.

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