In 1936, Joseph Stalin established the Soyuzmultfilm Animation Studio as a vehicle for creating propaganda films that would “agitate” the masses. Stalin was a fan of Walt Disney’s films, if not his politics, and believed that Russia should have its own animation industry to capture the socialist imagination.
The post-war climate ushered in a new style of animation from the studio, focused less on political agitation and more on emotive stories derived from Soviet legends and folklore. During this era, animators such as Yuri Norstein and Ideya Garanina created some of the most beautiful and thought provoking animated films ever produced.
The six films presented, created between 1966 and 1985 and showcasing a variety of animation styles, will be introduced by Dave Gibson, of the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division, and are taken from the now out of print “Masters of Russian Animation” DVD series.
Films begin at 7:30 p.m. And donations to the Bridge are encouraged.