History of Portuguese Animation Cinema
Too humbly, Antonio Gaio states in his introduction that "making history, understanding and analyzing is much more demanding than just like or dislike. (I wanted to) make sure that this information, news and knowledge might be a good contribution to someone who wishes to complete and write later the history with the necessary rigor. The greatest edifices cant be built without the discrete and modest, though serious effort of those who built the foundations." I disagree: History of Portuguese Animation Cinema is actually a history, based on thorough viewpoints and on choices dictated by likewise thorough opinions. Gaio selected what he considered important (amateur film-making, critics, organizers, workshops, festivals) and omitted what he considered in his case irrelevant (economy, marketing, distribution, public opinion about animation, some aspects of film-making such as music). It is his history, a good one, an honest one.
Im pleased that a fair segment of the book is devoted to Abi Feijò, film-maker, producer, organizer and former ASIFA International president. Abi is a renaissance man of animation; he has given our medium a lot of momentum and deserves this recognition.
Last but not least, I praise the lay-out and the excellent illustrations (in black & white and color), some of which are rare and come from private collections. History is also made by actual documents, isnt it?
History of Portuguese Animation Cinema -- Contributions by Antonio Gaio. Nascente Cooperativa Acção Cultural / Ministerio da Cultura / Instituto do Cinema Audiovisual e Media / Cidade de Espinho (Portugal), 2002. 239 pages. ISBN: 972-95688-9-8 (25.00)
Giannalberto Bendazzi is an animation historian whose latest book is Alexeieff - The Itinerary of a Master.