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Sovetskie igrushki (1924)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Animation, Short
The first animated movie in the Soviet Union. A bloated caricature of a Capitalist devouring a massive heap of food and drink.

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Dziga Vertov

Writer:

Dziga Vertov
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A bloated caricature of a capitalist devouring a massive heap of food and drink. He gets so stuffed he falls to the ground. Later he demands the company of women. They dance for him and gets swallowed. A worker appears. The old and the new church does too. A farmer appears. The worker and the farmer opens the capitalist for money. Plenty pour out of him. And the People First Bank is founded. A soldier appears. Than more soldiers... Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Soviet Union

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Soviet Toys See more »

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Silent
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It is the first animated movie ever made in the newly formed Soviet Union. See more »

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Featured in Animated Century (2003) See more »

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Incredibly simple and obvious propaganda when seen today.
26 July 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Sovietskie Igrushki" is apparently the first animated film from the Soviet Union and not surprisingly it's a propaganda picture dedicated to teaching the audience about the evils of capitalism and the church. It's done in an incredibly heavy-handed fashion and the animation quality if only fair--with super-grotesque closeup shots.

The film begins with the evil Capitalist eating and drinking himself fat. Soon a good Soviet Citizen comes upon him and tries to squeeze the fat out of the guy. But a couple priests show up and impeded his progress. Eventually, some other good Citizens come and they take the money from the Capitalist and it all ends with a happy hanging in which the capitalist and priests are hung...and oddly a lady is dangled about by her skirt...though I have no idea why.

With scenes of the good Citizens trying to slice open this piggish Capitalist and ultimately a hanging, it's not what anyone would consider a subtle message. I have no idea how effective it was but considering that was the ONLY message audiences of the day would have received, perhaps it was effective to some degree. Regardless, it only is a minor curiosity for history-addicts like myself and little more. It is hard to imagine that this crappy little film was from Dziga Vertov, the guy who later made the exceptional classic silent full-length live action film "A Man With a Movie Camera"!


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