Daily post 04 Feb 2009 08:52 am
On Saturday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’ Day) at
12 noon and 4pm. The screenings take place at:
Academy Theater at
111 E 59th Street
Tickets are $5 for general public, $3 for students.
A photo scrapbook of Khitruk through the years.
- The Russian Live Journal site has a display of photos of the opening for a Feodor Khitruk exhibition. Khitruk, at 91, wasn’t able to attend the opening but Yurij Norstein is in attendance (pic #1), as is Edward Nazarov (#2), and Anatolij Solin & Bladimir Zykov (#3).
If you’re a fan of Russian animation, it’s worth a look. All the current masters are there.
Speaking of Russian animation, a 1999 tv opening by Yurij Norshtein was posted on YouTube. Niffwan, who constructed the video there, writes:
- Norshteyn spent a year and a half making this animation for the introduction/conclusion to Good Night, Children (Спокойной ночи, малыши), a popular Russian nightly show for young children to watch before they go to bed. The first part would air before each daily show, the second part after.
The segment accompanied the show for a while in 2000, and was taken off the air in summer of 2001; the show moved to another channel while the copyright for the sequence stayed with the old one.
However, the reactions of Russian audiences were largely negative; program director Valentina Prasolova said: “Norshteyn is a famous artist, but he does not make good opening/closing sequences. We get calls and letters every day about this sequence from people who tell us that it is terrible, that it is dark, that children do not want to watch our program.”
The art direction was done by Valentin Olshvang, rather than by Norshteyn’s wife Franchesca Yarbusova. Olshvang is working on Norshtein’s Overcoat team.
The credits for the piece are as follows:
directed by Yurij Norstein ___written by Yurij Norstein
artist Valentin Olshvang _____animator Yurij Norstein
cameraman M. Granik __music A. Ostrovsky ___ sound V. Ugriumov
produced by Anatoly Prokhorov, Yurij Norstein
Many thanks to Niffiwan at Live Journal for both Russian posts.
- There’s an excellent article about Run Wracke in Res Magazine.
His film Rabbit was a highlight a couple of years back. The follow up film, The Control Master, wasn’t received with quite the same acclaim, though it was equally adept. You might try visiting his site and viewing some of the shorter spots. They’re all fine.
Go here to read it.