Il custode

A short film by Bill Domonkos that combines archive film footage and 3D animation. Set to the music of Puccini’s “E lucevan le stelle” from the opera Tosca.

"E lucevan le stelle" (“When the stars were brightly shining”) is the romanza of Mario Cavaradossi (tenor), a painter in love with Tosca, in the third act of Puccini’s opera Tosca, composed in 1900 to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is sung by Cavaradossi while he waits for his execution on the roof of Castel Sant’Angelo.

E lucevan le stelle (Libretto: English translation)

The stars were shining,
And the earth was scented.
The gate of the garden creaked
And a footstep touched the sand…
Fragrant, she entered
And fell into my arms.

Oh, sweet kisses and languorous caresses,
While feverishly I stripped the beautiful form of its veils!
Forever, my dream of love has vanished.
That moment has fled, and I die in desperation.
And I die in desperation!
And I never before loved life so much,
Loved life so much!


Tom of Finland

The 3D characters in this film were inspired by the drawings of Tom of Finland.

Tom of Finland

Touko Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland (8 May 1920 – 7 November 1991) was a Finnish artist notable for his stylized androerotic and fetish art and his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. He has been called the “most influential creator of gay pornographic images” by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade. (wikipedia)

Tom of Finland