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La Piscina

With the new Sim City game coming out this week, it seemed like the perfect time to revive this 1976 short by Italian animator Bruno Bozetto.  La Piscina, or The Swimming Pool, introduces the unlucky Mr. Rossi, whose attempts at urban renewal — adding a prefab home, tearing down a troublesome tree, digging out a swimming pool —  meet with disastrous results.

Bozetto is perhaps best known for his 1976 feature Allegro Non Troppo, his satirical parody of Fantasia, set to classical music. But he also created many short pieces, the most memorable of them revolving around the hapless Signor Rossi.

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