|Directed by||Quirino Cristiani|
|Produced by||Federico Valle|
|Written by||Quirino Cristiani|
|Release dates||November 9, 1917|
|Running time||70 minutes (14 frame/s)|
Spanish (Castellano) intertitles
El Apóstol (Spanish: "The Apostle") was a 1917 Argentine animated film utilizing cutout animation, and the world's first animated feature film. It was written and directed by Quirino Cristiani, and consisted of a total of 58,000 frames played over the course of 70 minutes (at 14 frames per second). The film was a satire, with President Hipólito Yrigoyen ascending to the heavens to use Jupiter's thunderbolts to cleanse Buenos Aires of immorality and corruption. The result is a burnt city.
The film was well received by critics at the time and a commercial success. A fire that destroyed producer Frederico Valle's film studio incinerated the only known copy of El Apóstol, and it is now considered a lost film.
A 2007 documentary Quirino Cristiani: The mystery of the first animated movies, directed by animator Gabrielle Zuchelli researches the history of the studio and recreates the look and technique used in El Apóstol.
- "El Apóstol". www.bcdb.com, May 4, 2011
- Quirino Cristiani, The Untold Story of Argentina's Pioneer Animator
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