Cocinor (France)

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Logo descriptions by StephenCezar15 and Gilblitz112
Logo captures by Naxo-ole, Gilblitz112, and RedheadXilamGuy
Video captures courtesy of Peakpasha
Editions by Gilblitz112

Background: Cocinor (Comptoir Cinématographique du Nord) was a French production and distribution company.

1st Logo
Cocinor (1938)
Nicknames: "The Sealion"
Logo: On a black background, we see a shining sea lion. The word "COCINOR" appears and shines below the sea lion.

FX/SFX: The shinning and the text appearing.

Music/Sounds: The opening of the movie.

Availability: It can be seen on Hotel du Nord, which can be found on YouTube. Also appeared on Les Amants Maudits.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo
(Early 1950's-1957)
La Route de Bonheur (1953)

Nicknames: "The Sealion II"

Logo: On a gray background, we see the emblem from the 1st logo, but it's not animated. Also, there is a ribbon that displays the full name of the company name. "Presente" is below the logo.

FX/SFX: It's a still logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Can be found on the film La Route de Bonheur, which is on YouTube.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo

Cocinor, colour variantCocinor, B&W VariantCocinor PresenteCocinor- DISTRIBUÉ PAR" variant

Nicknames: "Nightmare at Cocinor Street", "Tunnel of Horror", "Fincine's Little Sister", "The Screaming Logo II", "Huge Letters"

Logo: On a dark background with falling snow, with what appears to be a tunnel covered with a soft fabric, various light waves reflect from the fabric. After a few light waves, the company name comes up in a rapid motion. The name becomes bigger and bigger as it comes up, and eventually fills the whole screen before it moves off screen. Then, "PRÉSENTE" (this time not in rapid motion and much faster than the previous text) moves up screen. Then, the tunnel fades slowly out and we see the falling snow again.

  • A <a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">color version</a> of the logo exists, probably available on the film Trois de la marine. The background with the snow is blue, and the blanket tunnel is pink.
  • On films distributed by Cocinor, like Wise Guys and <a href="" target="_self">Pourvu Qu'on Ait L'ivresse...</a>, the cheaply chyroned text "DISTRIBUÉ PAR" appears before the name of the company. Also, the word "PRÉSENTE" is omitted.
  • On some films distributed by the company (including the colored version) the word "PRÉSENTE" doesn't show up.
Trivia: This logo was created by Russian-born French artist Alexandre Alexeieff, famous thanks to the invention of the animation technique of totalization.

FX/SFX: The wave effect and the texts, both made with the technique of totalization.

Music/Sounds: An ominous avant-garde orchestral score.

Availability: Rare. Appeared on national films prior to the mid-1960s like Les Scelerats and Le monocle rit jaune. It's also found on the Criterion BD of Last Year at Marienbad.

Editor's Note: None.