|Directed by||Quirino Cristiani|
|Produced by||Federico Valle|
|Written by||Quirino Cristiani|
|November 9, 1917|
|70 minutes (14 frame/s)|
The film was written by Alfonso de Laferrere  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).
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 Federico 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 Italian animator Gabriele 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
- Bendazzi, Giannalberto. Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation. N.p.: Indiana UP, 1995. Print.
- Finkielman, Jorge. The Film Industry in Argentina: An Illustrated Cultural History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004. Print.
- Quirino Cristiani, The Untold Story of Argentina's Pioneer Animator
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