June 19, 2013

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Gabriela Mirensky

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The Animation Gems of Fyodor Khitruk

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTrUqgcn_O0&t=84s Island, directed by Fyodor Khitruk, was the 1974 winner of the Cannes Grand Festival Prize in the animation film category. Khitruk was born in Tver (Russian Empire). He went to Moscow to study graphic design at the OGIS College for Applied Arts, graduating in 1936. Two years later, he started to work with Soyuzmultfilm as an animator, becoming a …

Island, directed by Fyodor Khitruk, was the 1974 winner of the Cannes Grand Festival Prize in the animation film category.

Khitruk was born in Tver (Russian Empire). He went to Moscow to study graphic design at the OGIS College for Applied Arts, graduating in 1936. Two years later, he started to work with Soyuzmultfilm as an animator, becoming a director in 1962. His very first—and very successful—film The Story of a Crime is considered the beginning of a renaissance of Soviet animation after a two-decade-long life in the shadows of Socialist realism.

Diverging from the “naturalistic” Disney-like canons that were reigning in the 1950-60s in Soviet animated cartoons, he created his own style, which was laconic yet multi-level, non-trivial and vivid.

Khitruk is the director of outstanding animated short films including such classics as his social satire of bureaucrats, Chelovek v ramke (The Man in the Frame, 1966); the philosophic parable Ostrov (Island, 1973), about the loneliness of a man in modern society; the biographical film Ein Junger Mann namens Engels – Ein Portrait in Briefen (1970), based on drawings and letters of young Engels; the parody Film, film, film! (1968), and the anti-war film, Lev i byk (The Lion and the Bull, 1984).

Khitruk lived in Moscow, where he died in 2012, at age 95.

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