Repetition and variation. The playful surrealism of animator/director Maximov is almost instantly recognizable with its abundance of bizarre creatures, soft forms, deliberate pacing, unexpected transformations, and seemingly meaningless occurrences.
Delightful explorations of visual ideas, most often with nicely-fitting sound and music. Seldom very impressive storywise, but still probably in my book of pictorial imagination and lifetime achievements.
My special favourite: Длинный мост в нужную сторону [Long bridge of desired direction]
Didn’t even know about the »wordless novels« of the inter-war era, but apparently they were a thing in certain circles. This is Berthold Bartosch’s animated adaption of one such novel by Frans Masereel.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t reach the graphic power of the original woodcuts. Too slow, in parts quite crudely executed, and with rather dubious symbolism in an overly high-strung tone. Not in my book of lofty intellectualism.