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Tale of Tales (1979)
"Skazka skazok" (original title)

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A reflection of Russian history and memory. Norstein creates a visual emotional response to a changing Russia, followed in the eyes of the Little Grey Wolf spying on various people's lives,... See full summary »

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A reflection of Russian history and memory. Norstein creates a visual emotional response to a changing Russia, followed in the eyes of the Little Grey Wolf spying on various people's lives, and giving an insight on Russian culture in the 20th Century. Written by Anonymous

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The title of the film, and partial inspiration, came from a poem by Nazim Hikmet. The original title "The Little Grey Wolf Will Come" was rejected by censors. See more »

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Prelude #8 from The Well Tempered Clavier
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
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Still life, with a pulsating heartbeat.
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Different surreal, mysteriously connected scenes intertwine one another, distant memories that seem to come from another time. Formed by enigmatic sequences of sounds and images that flow like a stream of consciousness, Tale Of Tales is the masterpiece of acclaimed animator Yuri Norstein, popular for his enchanting cutout animation and for his Folklore based stories veiled in bold experimentation. The typically Russian strokes of melancholia haunt the entire twenty seven minutes of duration of the short, without avoiding some inevitable grimness. The scene of the kid with the crows, the country side in a fishbowl, the seemingly abandoned house, are all unforgettable sceneries that move and touch, without ever using words. Important mention to the outstandingly beautiful music that gives a noticeable difference to the magically remote atmosphere.


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