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February 2

Yuri Norstein, Russian Animator

One of the legends of contemporary animation, Yuri Norstein (b. 1941) made his name with the series of animated shorts he directed for family audiences in the 1970s that are notable for their almost Chekhovian, tragicomic mood. Norstein’s wistfulness and signature technique of manipulating celluloid cut-outs on a multi-plane animation stand are showcased in Tale of Tales (1979), his masterful poetic amalgam of childhood memories, fears for the present and hopes for the future.

Special thanks: Ruth Lingford, Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard.


Animation Scholar Clare Kitson in Person
Monday February 2 at 7pm

Fox and Rabbit

Directed by Yuri Norstein.
USSR 1973, video, color, 30 min. Russian with English subtitles



Heron and Crane

Directed by Yuri Norstein.
USSR 1974, video, color, 30 min. Russian with English subtitles



Hedgehog in the Fog

Directed by Yuri Norstein.
USSR 1975, video, color, 30 min. Russian with English subtitles


Tale of Tales

Directed by Yuri Norstein.
USSR 1979, 35mm, color, 30 min.
Print from the Harvard Film Archive Collection



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