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Explore our collection of Soviet animated film and enter a world where fairytale imagination meets artistic craft and guile.

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  • The Magic Screen: animated shorts by Yuri Norstein

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    Yuri Norstein is one of the great artists in the history of animated film. His blend of whimsical and bold imagery, his keen eye for the allegorical, and his mastery of an array of techniques – from stop-motion to impressionistic pencil sketches and his patented “glass panel” animation – have wri...

  • Jirtdan
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    Jirtdan

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    Directed by Aghanaghi Akhundov and Yalchin Efendiyev • 1969 • USSR/Azerbaijan

    Produced at the start of the golden age of Azerbaijani animation, Akhundov and Efendiyev’s Jirtdan (meaning “small” or “dwarf”) is a magical little treat in which the titular tiny hero and his brothers must outwit the ...

  • The Scarlet Flower
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    The Scarlet Flower

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    Directed by Lev Atamanov • 1952 • USSR/Russia

    The Scarlet Flower is a 1952 Soviet adaptation of fairy tale classic Beauty and the Beast from master animator Lev Atamanov. Before embarking on an overseas journey, a merchant father asks his three daughters what they would like him to bring back fo...

  • The Little Mermaid
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    The Little Mermaid

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    Directed by Ivan Aksenchuk • 1968 • USSR/Russia

    This exquisite Soviet animated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale tells the story of a water-dwelling maiden, Rusalochka, who trades her voice for legs after falling in love with a human prince. The story transitions between th...

  • Tale of Tales
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    Tale of Tales

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    Directed by Yuri Norstein • 1979 • Russia

    The undisputed masterpiece from the reclusive Yuri Norstein, Tale of Tales is widely regarded as one of the finest animations of all time. In only 29 minutes, Norstein traverses personal and national history in almost abstract sequences that mimic the wo...