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The Battle of Kerzhenets (1971)

Secha pri Kerzhentse (original title)
The film is set to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and uses Russian frescoes and paintings from the 14th-16th centuries.
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Based on the legend and symphonic poem by Rimsky-Korsakov on the invisible city of Kitezh, which went under the waters of the lake to avoid the Tatar invasion. The film uses materials of Russian fresco painting and miniatures of the 14th-16th centuries. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Animation | Short | War

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Country:

Soviet Union

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Release Date:

June 1971 (France) See more »

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Battle at Kerzhenets See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

1971 - VII IFF in Karlovy Vary - Award for Best Animated Film. See more »

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Featured in Masters of Russian Animation - Volume 2 (2000) See more »

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Magnificent early Norstein masterpiece
19 April 2009 | by lambchopnixonSee all my reviews

A spellbinding animated short. The background is utterly expressionistic, appearing like volcanic rock. In the foreground, the figures stay still for enough moments to appear to be part of different style of animation, where we are seeing a a photo. Then the figures move as if life was just breathed into them. As a whole it is a bravura display of animation mastery. Innovatory technique need not be in only abstract work. The animation can be delirious and stunning, like here, or in the real-life action of a Powell/Pressburger movie. Various types of animation are used to augment the main style. More than augment, they amaze as each new surprise lives up to the last. The culmination of the lead-up is sightly disappointing at first, as it's an event that so many have pulled thrills and adrenalin rushes from before these filmmakers. The downers lasts a few moments only as the animation clicks back into top gear. It reminds of 'Une nuit sur le Mont Chauve' in how both stirring and magical it is.


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