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Tale of Tales (Skazka skazok) (1979)

  Directed by: Yuri Norstein
Links: Tale of Tales on the IMDb, Buy on DVD
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Tale of Tales (Skazka skazok) (1979) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Hedgehog in the Fog (1975).

"Partial understanding" - a review by pearly

Tale of Tales is the more adult short film by Yuri Norstein that I saw during my visit to the Ghibli Museum (the first being Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)). There were certainly no giggling kids in attendance for this screening.

The animation style of Tales of Tales is quite similar to that of Hedgehog in the Fog, but because of the non-linear storytelling style of the content of the film, the animation style has a chance to be a little more varied. Some portions of it even reminded me of the sort of thing that Terry Gilliam did with Monty Python - the kind of layering effect of paper drawings.

As for the storyline, the language barrier was a much bigger issue for Tale of Tales than it was for Hedgehog in the Fog. Even still, the film was enjoyable, but I'm sure there would be an added level of enjoyment to be had if you could understand Russian or had appropriate subtitles supplied. There isn't much spoken word in the film, but there are a few written words that form part of the animation, and they looked like they might by useful in tying together pieces of the plot.

Because of the lack of audio guides, the visual aspect of the film was brought right into the forefront, which, for a film like Tale of Tales, which is very beautiful, was not a bad thing. One day, I'll see it again with English subtitles.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 24 May 2004

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  1. Wonderful!!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Andrea ( ) on Mon 06 Feb 2006 23:52 #

  2. Great animatoon...

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Dblmok on Sat 18 Mar 2006 02:18 #

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