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Scurta istorie (Brief History) won the Palme d’Or at Cannes

17 May 1957

The cartoon movie Scurta istorie (Brief History), directed by Ion Popescu-Gopo, won the Grand Prix Palme d’Or at Cannes for short films. It was the first Palme d’Or for a Romanian movie.

Ion Popescu-Gopo (1923–1989) was a Romanian graphic artist and animator, but also writer, movie director and actor. He was a prominent personality in the Romanian cinematography and the founder of the modern Romanian cartoon school.

His most known cartoon character is a little black and white man sometimes referred to as Gopo’s Little Man after his creator. Later in his life Popescu-Gopo confessed that he tried to start an „anti-Disney rebellion„. Unable to surpass Disney’s animation characters in color and beauty, Popescu-Gopo tried to be more profound in message and substance and simplify the form and techniques used. Unlike Disney’s cartoon characters, Popescu-Gopo’s cartoon characters were black and white, designed in simple lines.

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