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November 18, 2010

"Yuri Norstein" (video review)

© Yuri Norstein; Films by Jove in association with Soyuzmultfilm Studio

Yuri Norstein
A Jove Film in association with Soyuzmultfilm
A companion to Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales: An Animator's Journey by Clare Kitson

Featuring six of Yuri Norstein's works including 25th - the First Day, The Battle of Kerjenets, Fox and Rabbit, The Heron and The Crane, Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales, this video shows the breadth of his style and masterful storytelling capabilities. All are moving stories, at times intense and at others quietly graceful in their exquisite animation: Norstein creatively combines drawings, paper cut-outs and film footage along with color and music. The animations include historical events, Russian folk tales, times of war and peace, and all of these elements come together in Norstein's most acclaimed work, Tale of Tales. At the end a clip from Magia Russica, a documentary on Russian film by Yonathan and Masha Zur, includes an interview with Yuri Norstein and director Fyodor Khitruck. Norstein gives a tour of his studio showing the techniques he uses for animating and describes his inspiration for Tale of Tales. Along with Clare Kitson's book the film is an excellent introduction to Norstein's brilliant animation.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at November 18, 2010 10:00 AM

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