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The Soldier's Tale (1984)

Not Rated | | Animation
A soldier, returning home from war, chances upon a stranger who offers to buy his violin, the stranger is none other than the devil.

Writers:

R.O. Blechman, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (libretto L'Histoire du Soldat) (as C.F. Ramuz)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andre Gregory ... The Narrator (voice)
Dusan Makavejev ... Ilya Grigorivich Vertov, The Soldier (voice)
Mike Mearian Mike Mearian ... The Announcer (voice)
Galina Panova Galina Panova ... The Princess (voice)
Brother Theodore ... The Drill Sergeant / The Herald (voice)
Max von Sydow ... The Devil
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A soldier, returning home from war, chances upon a stranger who offers to buy his violin, the stranger is none other than the devil.

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Genres:

Animation

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Company Credits

Production Co:

R.O. Blechman Inc.,WGBH See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Use of the following artwork is gratefully acknowledged: Jean Cocteau, Stravinsky Playing the Rite of Spring Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Stravinsky Fernand Leger, The Mechanic Francis Pacabia, The Cacodylatic Eye © S.P.A.D.E.M., Paris/V.A.G.A., New York 1984. Piet Mondrian, Composition #2 © Beeldrecht, Amsterdam/V.A.G.A., New York 1984. George Grosz, Remember Uncle August the Unhappy Inventor © Estate of George Grosz/V.A.G.A., New York 1984. Raoul Hartmann, Dada Cino Wassily Kandinsky, Orange See more »

Connections

Version of Historien om en soldat (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Histoire du Soldat
Written by Igor Stravinsky
Performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Gerard Schwarz, conductor)
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A Stravinsky composition given new life
3 August 2004 | by Randal_PerreletSee all my reviews

I rented this film on VHS many years ago and found it striking. R.O. Blechman's animation style is at first very odd and Stravinsky is composer that people either love or loath. This was composed in 1918, only five years after The Rite of Spring. The original texts were in French (L'Histoire du Soldat), but this production is in English. A Soldier's Tale is a modern parable and was a reaction to the trauma of World War One. Max von Sydow brings a distinguished presence to the film and is simply superb as the Devil. If you give this film a chance, you will no doubt be drawn into its little world. It has just been released to DVD and is now available after a long absence.


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