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Ostrov (1973)

| Animation, Short
A castaway is interrogated by Interpol, conquered by an imperialist ship, loses his lone palm tree to greedy loggers, is consoled by a missionary who promptly abandons him, is thoroughly examined by scientists, and harassed by journalists.

Director:

Fyodor Khitruk (as F. Khitruk)

Writer:

Fyodor Khitruk (screenplay) (as F. Khitruk)

Star:

Elena Chepoy
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This is a peculiar story about the modern Robinson, confronted with the indifference and lack of spirituality of the world, as well as a protest against the destruction of the original nature by civilization. On a tiny island there is nothing but a lone palm and sand. And this is where the lonely Robinson dreamed, dreaming of getting to the mainland. The first ship, flashed away, passed by and did not notice the man waving a yellow scarf. Maybe just did not see? The second one went much closer, but the result is the same. Soon, the little man realizes that civilized people do not need him at all, and if he does, then only for selfish interests. Guests come only to put their flag there, drill an oil well, ask the Robinson to help catch the criminal, cut down a single palm tree. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Soviet Union

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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In 2002 the film was released on VHS and Video CDs in the collection of "Masters of Russian Animation" with English subtitles. See more »

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Stranded
21 February 2009 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

I only recognised Fyodor Khitruk as the director of the Soviet Winnie-the-Pooh films, beginning with 'Vinni-Pukh (1969),' but here is another of his pleasant animated films. Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival, 'Ostrov / Island (1973)' is a genial critique on the selfishness of modern society. Animated in a minimalist fashion that recalls a simple newspaper comic-strip, this ten-minute film uses the allegory of a person stranded on a minute desert island to explore the reluctance of others to lend a helping hand if it doesn't benefit themselves. This apparently suggests the moral degradation of society as a whole, symbolised by a floating newspaper than only features news of warfare, gory horror movies, half-dressed women and gunfire. As the main character patiently awaits his rescue, dozens of passersby either ignore his waving hand or exploit his unfortunate predicament for their own gain.

'Ostrov' takes a simple scenario and uses it to make an obvious point, but it does so in a pleasant manner – without hardly a hint of bitterness nor malice towards the society it is condemning; rather, it exhibits something closer to quiet disapproval. Produced at Soyuzmultfilm studio, the film seems like a political work, but not one specifically relevant towards the Soviet Union. Indeed, any Western country could be accused of the injustices featured in the film. While waiting on his island, the main character is interrogated by Interpol officers, conquered by an imperialist ship, loses his lone palm tree to greedy loggers, is consoled by a missionary who promptly abandons him, is thoroughly examined by impartial scientists, and harassed by journalists. He is eventually rescued, in a genuinely bittersweet ending, by somebody whose situation is just as hopeless as his own, suggesting that basic human goodness does still exist, however discretely.


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