Soviet propaganda of the best sort. The use of Prokovieff's score from "Alexander Nevsky" was a happy surprise, as well as historically appropriate. The graphics were exciting, This was made...
Black and WhiteThis early effort by master Soviet animators Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Leonid Amalrik offers a devastating and concise picture of racism in America. The film’s moral outrage is inseparable from its graphic precision. BLACK AND WHITE makes especially forceful use of symbols: the minister’s cross and...Subscribe to to watch now
A Mighty HandshakeThis animated Soviet "political poster" offers a surprisingly broad satirical depiction of Adolf Hitler running amuck over the map of Europe and his own broken treaties. You'll perhaps be surprised that Bugs Bunny doesn't turn up, though the climactic pile of skulls is perhaps...Subscribe to to watch now
Fascist Boots on Our HomelandFASCIST BOOTS ON OUR HOMELAND, made in the midst of the Second World War, is a stark animated short that portrays the Soviet Union as the last bulwark against the Nazi advance. In spite of the film’s grave historical ironies (“Fascism brings massive destruction, starvation and...Subscribe to to watch now
Someone Else's VoiceIvan Ivanov-Vano has been described as the Walt Disney of Soviet animation and this 1949 short does indeed recall the creature comforts of BAMBI but with a decidedly intolerant moral. A magpie returning from abroad complains about a nightingale’s staid song. When the outsider...Subscribe to to watch now
Ave MariaIvan Ivanov-Vano’s condemnation of the American war in Vietnam trades in some of the crude images one associates with Soviet propaganda: a soldier gunning down a child; clamoring capitalists superimposed over the killing fields. And yet its animation style is surprisingly subtle and its tone more...Subscribe to to watch now
Really beautiful old style animation. A fable about the politics of style. A Russian Nightingale vs a "foreign" jazz Magpie. The Nightingale wins.
The message certainly isn't subtle in this animated Russian artifact, which functions as a stern Soviet-style scolding of American race relations. Yet despite its heavy handedness, there's something utterly appealing...
This is powerful film making. If only we in the US had the distance from ourselves to be with what this is saying.