Gauche the Cellist
by Isao Takahata – Japan, 1982
(62', Japanese with Italian subtitles)
Goshu is a kid playing the cello in an orchestra. The Conductor of the orchestra though is not satisfied of his execution of the Pastoral, Beethoven’s sixth symphony. Because of that Goshu decides to practice at home. Little talking animals will come to his aid and, in exchange of small favours, will teach him to truly understand music.
Based on a Kenji Miyazawa novel, loved writer from Japanese animation, the second feature film by Takahata, is a beautiful tale with a soft rhythm.
Director, screenwriter, producer, and co-founder of Studio Ghibli with his friend and colleague Hayao Miyazaki. Praised by international critic for his amazing sensibility, he is considered one of the cornerstones of an entire way of doing animation. His interests in cinema history and studies of French literature met when, in 1953, La Bergére et le ramoneur by Grimault and Prèvert aired, which represents a true enlightenment for young Takahata, the starting point to explore all that animation can do.