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Skazka skazok (Tale of Tales)

Posted by martinteller on June 17, 2010

Wow.  I’m a bit at a loss for words to describe the stunning beauty of this film.  The images are so gorgeous and wistful and artful.  The animation is somewhat “crude”, but often deceptively so… there’s nothing amateur about the brilliant use of mixed media, or the breathtaking lighting effects.  The story is rich with symbolism, much of which I’m sure is deeply rooted in Russian folklore and flew way over my head.  Even without always being able to fully understand the significance of what I was seeing, I could feel the weight of nostalgia and melancholy, the dreamlike atmosphere, the simple poetry of a particular sequence.  Lovely use of Bach and Mozart as well.  What an impressive and touching piece of work.  Rating: 9


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