Tag Archives: 1970s

Сказка сказок [Tale of tales] (1979)

An apple in rain. A nursery rhyme. A child breastfeeding, then falling asleep. A tiny grey wolf. Autumn and light. Surreal dreams of family, animals, play, music, skipping. Wind, passing trains, falling leaves, decay, shiny cars disappearing, fire. Dancing. Men … Continue reading

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Ёжик в тумане [Hedgehog in the fog] (1975)

A convoluted short relying on obscure symbolism, unsettling horror mood, and one-of-a-kind threedimensional animation. Almost sickeningly beautiful, it tells a mysterious little story of friendship, insecurity, and fear. Can’t say I understand much, but everything is strangely evocative. Not sure … Continue reading

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Special delivery (1978)

Hilariously immoral and tongue-in-cheek yarn about a careless husband, his wife, and a postman that doesn’t even ring once. Crisp script, organic and somewhat sloppy hand-made animation. In my book of accidental circumstances.

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Цапля и журавль [The Heron and the Crane] (1974)

The dreamy and diffused beauty of the sceneries mismatch a little with the awkward and silly birds, but this strangely existential love story somehow works anyway. A charming, mild, slow, repetitive, unresolved, and ultimately sad comedy of manners with exquisite … Continue reading

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Лиса и заяц [The fox and the hare] (1973)

A delightful, unconventional, slightly ironic take on an old russian animal fable. Exquisitely made with multi-layered, folk art-influenced backgrounds and some quite funny cut-outs. Norshteyn’s third work as director is deceptively simple and very enjoyable. Not in my book of … Continue reading

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

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. … Continue reading

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Häpy endkö! Eli kuinka Uuno Turhapuro sai niin kauniin ja rikkaan vaimon (1977) A then-contemporary, ironic take on the whole »poor youngster on adventurous quest for princess and half a kingdom« trope. Very farcical, with elements of fairytales, commedia dell’arte, … Continue reading

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