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Liliya Belgii (1915)

A girl in the forest found a broken lily and brought it to her grandfather, who at that time thought about the horrors of the outbreak of World War I, and the broken lily reminds him of ... See full summary »
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Irene Starewicz Irene Starewicz ... (as Irina Starewicz)
Jan Wichniekski Jan Wichniekski
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A girl in the forest found a broken lily and brought it to her grandfather, who at that time thought about the horrors of the outbreak of World War I, and the broken lily reminds him of poor Belgium. In response to a granddaughter's request to tell a fairy tale - he tells her about the lily. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1915 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lily of Belgium See more »

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Production Co:

Skobelev Committee See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Impressive Animation, Worthwhile Story
2 August 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Wladyslaw Starewicz feature combines impressive animation with a worthwhile story. Although the story was particularly meant to make an impression on contemporary (mid-First World War) audiences, it still retains its effectiveness, and the animation has lost nothing, either.

The story of "The Lily of Belgium" is one of Starewicz's stop-motion animation creations, here framed by brief live-action sequences involving a girl and her grandfather. The main story is a memorable allegory of the war and, in particular, of Belgium's fate in it. The animated insects and other creatures are convincing in their movements and in their details. The beetles with their assortment of vehicles and weapons are particularly interesting, and their parade to the battlefield would be hilarious if their intent were not so sinister.

Starewicz's pioneering efforts are always interesting, and usually of high quality. This one is both, and it also has a worthwhile story that is no less so for using as its point of reference an event of so long ago.


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