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Story of One Crime (1962)

Istoriya odnogo prestupleniya (original title)
The man decides to kill the neighbors because they prevent him from sleeping.

Director:

Fyodor Khitruk (as F. Khitruk)

Writers:

Mikhail Volpin (screenplay) (as M. Volpin), Mikhail Volpin
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Zinoviy Gerdt ... Narrator (voice) (as Z. Gerdt)
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Storyline

Noises at night made by rude neighbors cause the very friendly and peaceful Vasily Mamin to commit a crime. The cartoon serves as an explanation as of why such a brutal crime is committed at the beginning. It is a flashback at how Mamin spent his last 24 hours before the crime. Written by Trust_And_Betrayal

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Animation | Short

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1962 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Crime See more »

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Soyuzmultfilm See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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In the 1990's the cartoon was re-released on VHS by other companies: in the mid-1990s - collections of the best Soviet cartoons Studio PRO Video and the studio Soyuz Video. See more »

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Featured in Masters of Russian Animation - Volume 1 (2000) See more »

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"Let's turn the hands of time back just 24 hours"
7 July 2009 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

Fyodor Khitruk is best-known for directing the Soviet Vinni-Pukh ("Winnie the Pooh") films, but his debut 'Story of One Crime (1962)' presents a far less utopian world than that created by A.A. Milne. When Vasily Vasilievitch Mamim, a mild-mannered accountant, attacks two women with a frying pan one morning, he is surrounded by a mob of angry onlookers, and a policeman arriving on the scene decides to set the clock back twenty-four hours to see what could possibly have turned this previously-contented man into a dangerous lunatic. The culprit is revealed to be a single sleepless night, thrust upon poor Vasily by a succession of inconsiderate neighbours in his high-rise apartment building: one man plays his stereo at full-blast, another holds a boisterous party at some ridiculous time of night, two love-struck lovers communicate loudly through the pipes at 3 o'clock in the morning.

In a nutshell, 'Story of One Crime' is about the selfishness of modern society. Despite treating everybody else he meets with complete consideration – offering his train seat to an older gentleman, for example – Vasily is continually inconvenienced by neighbours who are too thoughtlessly insensitive to care about his own needs. The animation style is simple but effective. Khitruk uses split-screens like the panels in a picture-book, in a manner similar to that employed by Norshteyn in 'The Fox and the Hare (1973).' The characters are all drawn as basic caricatures, who bark like jazz instruments when they argue with each other. Khitruck continued this theme of society's selfishness, more successfully in my view, in his film 'Island (1973),' in which the main character is stranded on a tiny island and consistently ignored by every passing vessel. A simple message, but an entertaining film.


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