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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