The Sand Castle

  • 1961
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Children's, Fantasy

This highly imaginative exercise in filmmaking is set at the beach, where a brother and sister (Barry and Laurie Cardwell) wait while their mother goes shopping. The boy builds a sand castle, and his work attracts a horde of visitors ranging from a drunk to a bunch of softball-playing nuns. When it rains the children seek the shelter of a beach umbrella,...read more

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This highly imaginative exercise in filmmaking is set at the beach, where a brother and sister (Barry and Laurie Cardwell) wait while their mother goes shopping. The boy builds a sand castle, and his work attracts a horde of visitors ranging from a drunk to a bunch of softball-playing

nuns. When it rains the children seek the shelter of a beach umbrella, and the boy, falling asleep, dreams of the people who visited his castle. (The visitors appear as paper cutouts that are stop-motion animated against a real model of the castle.) The dream is interrupted by his mother's call,

the children head home, and the sand castle is washed away by the tide. Director Jerome Hill handles the material nicely, wisely underplaying the story. The live-action sequences are shot in black and white, with the dream portrayed in wonderful contrasting color. The well-animated cutouts were

inspired by the paper cutout theater presented for children in the 19th century.

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