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Bazar (1934)

The only surviving scene from The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda, a satirical animated opera that mixed fairy tale by Alexander Pushkin, music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Russian avant-garde.

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The only surviving scene from The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda, a satirical animated opera that mixed fairy tale by Alexander Pushkin, music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Russian avant-garde.

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The film was based on the fairy tale "The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda" (1830) by Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). In the tale a cheapskate priest hires the worker Balda, with the agreement that the worker will receive no payment and only meager food for a year. All Balda wants in return is to be allowed to strike the priest three times on his forehead. Once the priest realizes that Balda is extremely strong, he tries to find a way to renege on their deal. He fails to do so, and Balda's strikes cause permanent damage to the priest's brain. See more »

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Featured in Animated Century (2003) See more »

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Small piece of animated cinema
8 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Bazaar ("The Market") is the name given to the only surviving piece of "The Tale of the Priest and of his Workman Balda", a soviet animated film of the 30s based on a poem by Aleksandr Pushkin. The film never been completed: it got destroyed in WWII.

What remains is a small piece where characters sings in a market. But really, it is sufficient to consider it quite a great, great work of animation. Yes it is hard to judge something this short, but the animation is of incredible quality, and the design of the visuals is out of this world. Not a single animated movie looked like this until decades later. The music is by Shostakovich.

It was later remade in the 40s. But then Stalin's Soviet Realism dictated the look of animated movies in Soviet Union until the 60s so it looks absolutely not like this wild piece of cinema.

It may be quite hard to get to see a surviving piece of a unfinished soviet animated film of the 30s, but this little film could be of great inspiration to today's animators.


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