Сеча при Керженце [The battle of Kerzhenets] (1971)

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Yuriy Norshteyn’s second endeavor is a medieval-looking cut-out stop-motion animation with glowing colours plus some evocative and nice-looking effects, even if the film taken as a whole is too limited and »empty« to have much staying power in my mind.

A fresco-based war of legends depicted as a solemn sea of black and red. An interesting visual exeperiment, but not in my book of battle.

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Fox and the whale (2017)

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A slow, low-key visual poem of sorts, meticulously animated in an appealing mix of 3D realism and rather extreme geometric stylization.

The fox wanders aimlessly through breathtaking surroundings. Nothing much really happens storywise, but I still think I’ll keep this in my book of beautiful whimsy.

https://vimeo.com/237551523

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25-е – первый день [The 25th – the first day] (1968)

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Fragments of Tatlin’s tower, billowing red flags, Shostakovich. Grey cubist cityscapes superimposed upon one another, with constructivist text. The swirling movement of the people is a rebellious dance impossible to stop. Capitalism, royalty, and religion are swept away by the fiery tidal wave of history. With Lenin towards victory!

Yuriy Norshteyn’s directorial debut is nine minutes of blatant agitprop, with beautiful collage-styled animation paying homage to the montage techniques of Eisenstein and soviet art from the 1920s.

In my book of retro execution. I don’t give much for the revolutionary nostalgia of the actual content, however.

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Feed (2014)

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Synthetic-looking short about an old woman on a picnic with a weird – and extremely hungry! – little creature.

Rather odd. Maybe in my book of eating.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SRUIF528ik

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Dip’n’dance (2014)

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Digital animation with a delightfully oldfashioned look matching an anachronistic story about faulty gadgets. The script works mostly as an excuse for drawing all kinds of fun stuff!

Quite nice, though not in my book of short circuits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjGnktw_kR8

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Jeg er Dina (2002)

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Marketed as the most expensive and most beautiful Scandinavian movie ever made, which actually sounds a trifle dubious as selling points. And dubious this is, swaying wildly from lavish visual extravaganza to cheap B horror looks, from sensible detailing to deranged overplay, from believable events to ridiculous twists.

Interesting though flawed story made worse by the treatment. Not in my book of frightening female power.

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Dave & the big heavy (2014)

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Simple and potent use of symbolism elevates this otherwise ordinary tale of hardships and endurance.

Nice and reasonably well-rounded for its short running time, though not in my book of weight.

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