Animation

“Dancing on Brezhnev’s portrait, or a naked girl appearing next to Stalin’s face”: satirical animation films of the perestroika era

This article explores satirical animation films made across the Socialist bloc during 1986-1991. Coming from Latvia or Czechoslovakia, these films are united by their daring subject matters and visual representations, clearly aimed at breaking taboos of the socialist culture and ridiculing the socialist ideology.

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“Dancing on Brezhnev’s portrait, or a naked girl appearing next to Stalin’s face”: satirical animation films of the perestroika era

This article explores satirical animation films made across the Socialist bloc during 1986-1991. Coming from Latvia or Czechoslovakia, these films are united by their daring subject matters and visual representations, clearly aimed at breaking taboos of the socialist culture and ridiculing the socialist ideology.

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Vladimir Ilyich Presents: Soviet Horror Movie Night

We screened this little video to introduce our Soviet Horror Movie Night in Riga (August 28).

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Vladimir Ilyich Presents: Soviet Horror Movie Night

We screened this little video to introduce our Soviet Horror Movie Night in Riga (August 28).

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Soviet psychedelia: The Legends of the Peruvian Indians (1979)

This incredible animation film is based on the legends of the ancient Peruvians, recreated from drawings. The drawings also inspired the psychoactive visuals of the animation, which along with an Aztec lute on the soundtrack, liken it to a psychedelic experience.

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Soviet psychedelia: The Legends of the Peruvian Indians (1979)

This incredible animation film is based on the legends of the ancient Peruvians, recreated from drawings. The drawings also inspired the psychoactive visuals of the animation, which along with an Aztec lute on the soundtrack, liken it to a psychedelic experience.

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Hell as seen by Estonians: Põrgu (1983)

Põrgu (Hell) is an Estonian animation film by Rein Raamat, Tallinnfilm, 1983. So grotesque and sexual, this animation brings to life three infernally beautiful engravings –  ”The Preacher“, “Cabaret” and “Hell” – created by the Estonian artist Eduard Viiralt in the early 1930s.

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Hell as seen by Estonians: Põrgu (1983)

Põrgu (Hell) is an Estonian animation film by Rein Raamat, Tallinnfilm, 1983. So grotesque and sexual, this animation brings to life three infernally beautiful engravings –  ”The Preacher“, “Cabaret” and “Hell” – created by the Estonian artist Eduard Viiralt in the early 1930s.

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Dziga Vertov’s Soviet Toys: The first (and possibly the weirdest) Soviet animation

A belly of a gluttonous bourgeois is cut open by a  centaur formed by a worker and a farmer. A Mystery Man (creepier than the one from Lynch’s Lost Highway) appears from time to time and advertises something. The film ends happily (?): Red Army soldiers appear and form a Christmas tree, that is decorated with

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Dziga Vertov’s Soviet Toys: The first (and possibly the weirdest) Soviet animation

A belly of a gluttonous bourgeois is cut open by a  centaur formed by a worker and a farmer. A Mystery Man (creepier than the one from Lynch’s Lost Highway) appears from time to time and advertises something. The film ends happily (?): Red Army soldiers appear and form a Christmas tree, that is decorated with

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