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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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Named the greatest animated film of all time by the 1984 Animation Olympiad jury held in conjunction with the 1984 LA Olympics. See more »

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Prelude #8 from The Well Tempered Clavier
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The little grey wolf will come And will nip you on the tum.
21 July 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I feel a bit mean only giving Tale Of Tales a rating of 7 out of 10 but I have to go with my honest feelings in these matters and that's an honest rating.

There's no denying that this animated classic is rendered with care and love but it's so disjointed and dense that it ends up being a chore to sit through in places, despite it's slender runtime.

Different scenes are loosely connected by a little grey wolf. A child skips happily away while a frustrated poet tries to write while a woman hangs out laundry. Some women dance with their men until they are taken away by war, many of them never to return. A child eats apples and feeds them to the birds until his father takes him away. A baby suckles at the breast.

The tale should not be marked down simply because of my inability to unravel all of the symbology and analogy but I also think that director/animator Yuriy Norshteyn, who co-wrote the piece, could have made something a little bit more cohesive, even if the whole thing is supposed to show a selection of memories and supposed to recreate the recall process of the human mind (as some sources say).

This has been hailed as the greatest animated film of all time, both in 1984 and yet again in 2002, so it certainly deserves to be seen. It's wonderful and the imagery is backed up by a fitting score but it is surpassed, in my personal view, by other animated works.


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