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The False Note (1963)



A small beggar tries in vain to obtain alms in the big city where everything depends on publicity, efficiency and profit. The melody of his barrel organ always ends with an impressive false note, which annoys the townspeople terribly. Ultimately, the beggar will receive alms that will fulfill his life dream.


"With a now significantly better executed animation and ditto editing and sound, 'The False Note' showed the same characteristics as my first film 'Harbour Lights': a search for a sleek scenario and a suitable, highly stylized graphics."





1964: First Prize for Animation Film, Benelux Film Festival - 's Hertogenbosch (NL)

1964: Grand Prize for Animation Film, National Film Festival - Antwerp



Technical sheet


  • Format: 35mm

  • Colour

  • Frame: 1 x 1.33

  • Sound: Mono

  • Length: 10 '

  • Original version: international - no dialogues

  • Directed by: Raoul Servais

  • Script: Raoul Servais

  • Animation: Raoul Servais

  • Music: Luc Van Branteghem

  • Produced by Absolon Films / Anagram

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