6 02 2010

the 1971 russian SOYUZMULTFILM production THE BATTLE OF KERZHENETS was directed by IVAN IVANOV-VANO and YURIY NORSHTEYN, set to the musik of RIMSKY-KORSAKOV. the cut-out stop motion animation was done using elements of russian religious frescoes and paintings from the fourteenth to sixteenth century. the story is based on the legend of the invisible city of KITEZH, which disappears under the waters of a lake to escape an attack by the mongols. following are some captured scenes.

© soyuzmultfilm




4 responses

7 02 2010

Beautiful short indeed. There is something magical about seeing those ancient paintings suddenly brought to life and, of course, the power of image to narrate a whole story without using a single word…

8 02 2010
jung etienne

animated icons

12 02 2010

hi sir,

this post reminds me of the film Secret of Kells, though it cant compare to the visuals of the topic at hand.

17 03 2010
Steve Brown

It was a rare treat seeing it projected in 35mm when Norstein spoke at USC recently!

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