Pierrot Deceived

Ludwig von Wich | 1917 | ★★★★½
Pierrot awakens from his slumber to discover that his darling Columbine is cheating on him with the dastardly Harlequin, but struggles to put matters right, in this delightfully elegant short film. With interior scenes tinted yellow and exterior blue, Ludwig von Wich illustrates this popular 17th century story entirely through the silhouetted figures of his actors and sets, with the final result – despite the comically lurid subject matter – proving one of great beauty.