In Beauty, director Tagliafierro takes classical paintings and makes them move through computer graphics and 3D modeling. He starts slow, with landscapes–moving through them, bringing lakes to life, maybe hinting a tree is moving. Then he moves on to people.
Some of how Beauty works is by taking a very familiar painting, something the viewer presumably knows and recognizes and has thought about–and brings it to “life.” A realized life. It’s stunning right off, but then Tagliafierro slow has the moving parts interact. Two independent things come together–and the unreality of it slowly fades away. These paintings have never “moved”; they aren’t like photographs. It’s very eerie at times.
By the time Tagliafierro gets to the second half of short, he has full narratives in paintings with multiple moving parts, and then a gradual overarching narrative towards death.
It’s an amazing piece of work. Beauty is breathtaking.
Directed by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro.