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The Heron and the Crane
Цапля и журавль

The Heron and the Crane is a humorous little tale of amorous indecision and self-destruction from animator supreme Yuri Norstein. The titular animals are engaged in a dance of romantic attraction and rejection, whimsical but melancholy. A collaboration with his wife, the artist Francesca Yarbusova, and cameraman Alexandr Zhukovsky, with whom he would go on to make classics Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales, this early short was the first real sounding of Norstein’s mature genius.

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Matthew Kibble
Matthew Kibble
Enchanting
Once you have watched Hedgehog In The Fog, this is a good one to follow up on. Less of an adventure, more of a fable or moral tale.
Awards and Festivals
1975
Award Laurel
Best Film
Anessy International Festival of Animated Films, France
1975
Award Laurel
Best Film
New York International Festival of Animated Films
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