Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales: An Animator's Journey

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Overview

Widely acclaimed as the best animated film of all time, Tale of Tales is a poetic amalgam of Yuri Norstein’s memories of his past and hopes and fears for the future: his post-war childhood, remnants of the personal tragedies of war, the little wolf character in the lullaby his mother used to sing, the neighbors in his crowded communal flat, the tango played in the park on summer evenings, and the small working-class boy’s longing to emerge from the dark central corridor of the kommunalka into a luminous world of art and poetry. In Yuri Norstein and
Tale of Tales: An Animator’s Journey, Clare Kitson examines the passage of these motifs into the film and delves into later influences that also affected its genesis. More than merely a study of one animated film or a biography of its creator, Kitson’s investigation encompasses the
Soviet culture from which this landmark film emerged and sheds light on creative influences that shaped the work of this acclaimed filmmaker.

John Libbey Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian (U.K.)
"Clare Kitson has written an exemplary book... The tale she tells sheds light on the origins and makings of the images, on their relation to Norstein's life and to Russian culture, to other works of art (poems and paintings) and to the troubled culture of censorship. She illuminates, and deepens the mystery, leaving the power of the images intact and strengthened, which is what good criticism should do." —A.S. Byatt, The Guardian (U.K.)

— A.S. Byatt

The Guardian (U.K.) - A.S. Byatt

"Clare Kitson has written an exemplary book... The tale she tells sheds light on the origins and makings of the images, on their relation to Norstein's life and to Russian culture, to other works of art (poems and paintings) and to the troubled culture of censorship. She illuminates, and deepens the mystery, leaving the power of the images intact and strengthened, which is what good criticism should do." —A.S. Byatt, The Guardian (U.K.)

From the Publisher
"Clare Kitson has written an exemplary book... The tale she tells sheds light on the origins and makings of the images, on their relation to Norstein's life and to Russian culture, to other works of art (poems and paintings) and to the troubled culture of censorship. She illuminates,
and deepens the mystery, leaving the power of the images intact and strengthened, which is what good criticism should do." —A.S. Byatt, The Guardian (U.K.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253218384
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,220,316
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Clare Kitson is a former programmer for the National Film Theatre in London and for
BBC Channel 4. She has been researching Yuri Norstein and his work for over two decades.

John Libbey Publishing

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Why a book? 1
2 Our childhood coincided with the end of the war ... 9
3 Light rooms, high windows ... 21
4 A mix of micro-histories ... 37
5 The treatment 51
6 Pre-production and a false start 61
7 The picture comes together 75
8 The film unveiled 99
9 What's it about then, Yuri? 107
10 Native luggage 113
Tale of tales : proposal for a 20-minute animated film 123
Tale of tales : treatment for an animated film 125
Tale of tales : credits 131
Yuri Norstein filmography
Yuri Norstein bibliography
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