El Apóstol

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El Apóstol
Directed by Quirino Cristiani
Produced by Federico Valle
Written by Quirino Cristiani
Release dates
November 9, 1917
Running time
70 minutes (14 frame/s)
Country Argentina
Language Silent film
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.[1]

Production background[edit]

The film was written by Alfonso de Laferrere [2][3] and directed by Quirino Cristiani. The film consisted of a total of 58,000 frames played over the course of 70 minutes (at 14 frames per second).[4]

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 so 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "El Apóstol". www.bcdb.com, May 4, 2011
  2. ^ Bendazzi, Giannalberto. Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation. N.p.: Indiana UP, 1995. Print.
  3. ^ Finkielman, Jorge. The Film Industry in Argentina: An Illustrated Cultural History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004. Print.
  4. ^ Quirino Cristiani, The Untold Story of Argentina's Pioneer Animator

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