Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales
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Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales

An Animator's Journey
Clare Kitson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/25/2005
Format: paper 176 pages
8 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-253-21838-4
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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.
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Author Bio

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.


"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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