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also known as Tir

Shooting Range1979

  • 3.8
The American dream looks a lot like a nightmare in this kaleidoscopic Soviet animated film. A downtrodden man wanders a neon New York City looking for a job. He’s lured into a shooting range by a greedy manager who schemes to drive up entrance fees with the novelty of a human target. The worker starts a family in the line of fire. While perhaps not the subtlest allegory of capitalist exploitation, director Vladimir Tarasov achieves a startlingly surreal picture of domestic routines performed under duress. Bold compositions and a dynamic jazz score add layers of psychological tension to the film’s ideological foundation.

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A little heavyhanded and weird in a very Russian way but it's not like the writers are really wrong. The visual barrage and slick animation make this worth it even for the squarest and most bourgeois of capitalist pigs.

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A little heavyhanded and weird in a very Russian way but it's not like the writers are really wrong. The visual barrage and slick animation make this worth it even for the squarest and most bourgeois of capitalist pigs.

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Breathtaking. The animation is surreal and gorgeous. This is unequivocally the best propaganda film I have ever seen. It is well-made, and haunting. I particularly liked the range owner that wears riding pants, jackboots, and bears more than a passing resemblance to the Joker. It is a sinister little mindbender, and is also a silent film aside from its cheeky jazz score, but if you're a fan of animation you owe it to yourself to watch this.