Your Face (1987)

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A tenor, in suit and tie, with a receding hairline, sings a ballad to his love, “Your face is like a song,” to simple piano accompaniment. As he sings about his love’s face, his own face goes through phantasmagoric changes, beginning with his warbling mouth moving about. As the singing continues, his face twists, turns, explodes, liquefies, becomes block-shaped, multiples, curls, disappears in sections and all at once, and always reconfigures itself serenely into its original shape.

Director: Bill Plympton.
Writers: Maureen McElheron, Bill Plympton.
Stars: Maureen McElheron (voice).

Animation: Bill Plympton.
Composer: Maureen McElheron.

1987 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film.
1988 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film, Animated.

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  1. Patrick Trimble
    February 21, 2023
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    Weird and somewhat haunting parody/animation of what appears to be arather oily tenor singing a paen to alady’s face. But quickly the pieces of the head begin sliding all over the place and the short becomes a celebration of the plasticity of film and clever cartooning. An absolute delight.

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