The Scarlet Flower (1952 film)

Last updated
The Scarlet Flower
Аленький цветочек
Scarletflower.jpg
Directed by Lev Atamanov
Produced by Soyuzmultfilm
Written byGeorgiy Grebner
Sergei Aksakov (story)
Yakov Shvedov (lyrics)
Music byNikolai Budashkin
Edited byLidiya Kyaksht
Release date
June 6, 1952
Running time
42 minutes
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian

The Scarlet Flower (Russian : Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy tsvetochek) is a 1952 Soviet feature animated film directed Lev Atamanov. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the story of the same name by Sergei Aksakov. Nastenka's song "During this time in a darling party"/"В эту пору в родимой сторонушке" was sung by the famous chamber singer Victoria Ivanova.

Contents

In 1998, an English dub of the film featuring the voices of Amy Irving, Tim Curry and Robert Loggia, was released as part of Stories from My Childhood by Films by Jove. [1]

Plot

Before going on an overseas journey, a merchant father asks his three daughters what they would like him to bring back for them. The eldest asks for a shining tiara, the middle asks for a magic mirror through which her face would always appear young, and the youngest (Nastenka) asks her father to bring her a beautiful scarlet flower like one which she saw in her dreams. Her elder sisters laugh at this simple wish.

The father's trip is successful and he finds everything that he came for, with the exception of Nastenka's scarlet flower. Nevertheless, the ship heaves off and they begin to head back while the father scans the lands around him for a scarlet flower.

A storm strikes and the father is washed overboard. He wakes up on a strange island which is full of all sorts of wonders. He explores, and eventually finds a flower just like the one Nastenka described. The instant that he plucks it, however, a great storm comes upon him and the owner of the island - a hideous monster - makes his presence known. He tells the father that he will let him keep the flower, but in return he must send one of his daughters to live with him. The father refuses, and the monster gives him a ring, telling him that whoever puts it on will be teleported back to the island, and that if his daughter doesn't come then he himself must come and be killed.

In the morning, the crewmembers of the father's ship (who had been searching for him) see him on the island and rescue him. Back home, the father prepares to put on the ring and meet his fate. However, Nastenka overhears a conversation where he reveals this to his friend when asking the friend to take care of his daughters once he had died, and she secretly puts on the ring herself.

There, she expects to be killed but instead finds herself on a beautiful island and welcomed for by a kind, unseen host. She accidentally catches a glimpse of him eventually, and is mortally scared at first. He allows her to go home to visit her family, but tells her that she must come back by putting on the ring by 8pm or he will die of loneliness.

Nastenka comes home dressed in splendid clothes and with presents for her sisters. Her sisters, however, become jealous that she lives in a magnificent palace with untold wealth, and secretly turn all of the clocks in the house back one hour. Nastenka looks outside and hears the clock chiming 8pm, and quickly goes back, only to find the monster near death. She is very saddened and vows to never leave him again, and with those words the scarlet flower which she holds reattaches itself to its original stem and the island fills with light again. The monster turns into a handsome prince and explains that he was under the spell of a witch from which he could only be freed from if he won over the heart of a lady while being in the body of a hideous monster.

Creators

RomanizedRussian
Director Lev Atamanov Лев Атаманов
Director's assistant Roman Kachanov Роман Качанов
ScenarioGeorgiy GrebnerГеоргий Гребнер
Art DirectorsAleksandr Vinokurov
Leonid Shvartsman
Александр Винокуров
Леонид Шварцман
Background ArtistsIrina Svetlitsa
Konstantin Malyshev
G. Nevzorova
V. Rodzhero
I. Troyanova
Ирина Светлица
К. Малышев
Г. Невзорова
В. Роджеро
И. Троянова
Artist for combined scenes Nikolay Fyodorov Николай Фёдоров
Artists' assistantsP. Sarkisyan
I. Brashishkitye
П. Саркисян
И. Брашишките
AnimatorsGennadiy Filippov
Tatyana Fyodorova
Roman Kachanov
Roman Davydov
Vadim Dolgikh
Boris Chani
Fyodor Khitruk
Boris Meyerovich
Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin
Boris Dyozhkin
Геннадий Филиппов
Татьяна Фёдорова
Роман Качанов
Роман Давыдов
Вадим Долгих
Борис Чани
Фёдор Хитрук
Борис Меерович
Вячеслав Котёночкин
Борис Дёжкин
In-betweenersY. Uludova
B. Korneyev
I. Bashkova
O. Susoyeva
Е. Улудова
Б. Корнеев
И. Башкова
O. Сусоева
Camera OperatorsMikhail Druyan
Y. Rizo
Михаил Друян
E. Ризо
ComposerNikolai BudashkinНиколай Будашкин
Songs (lyrics)Y. ShvedovЯ. Шведов
Sound OperatorGeorgiy MartynyukГеоргий Мартынюк
Technical assistantV. ShilinaВ. Шилина
EditorLidiya KyakshtЛидия Кякшт

Creation history

In the fifties for Lev Atamanov sharply there was a question of creation of epic and national fairy tales. Especially sharply there was a question of creation of full-fledged images of "living" people, heroes. For the aid to animators the photographed scenes played by living actors were prepared. These scenes were projected on the special screens which are built in tables, and heroes were transferred to paper by the planimetric line. The translated image was exposed to processing, was driven in a graphic image for what proportions and many other things changed. This method received the name "eclair". In the movie "Scarlet Flower" it was applied very precisely and scrupulously, in others — is stylized or is selective. During application of "eclair" to artists has the luck to communicate to brilliant actors closely. The role of the merchant was played by Nikolay Bogolyubov, Vsevolod Meyerhold's pupil. The monster was played by great Mikhail Astangov. To it made a hump of a pillow, fastened some dressing gown, and he gloomy wandered about a scene.

Video

The animated film usually was issued on video in PAL system. In the early nineties the animated film is released on a videotape by the film association "Krupnyy Plan"; other animated films in this collection: The Flying Ship , Rejuvenating apples , In some tsardom … . To the middle of the 1990th the animated film was issued in the VHS collection of the best Soviet animated films Studio PRO Video. In 1994 — 1995 the Soyuz studio released this animated film in the collection No. 28 together with the animated film Magic Ring , is reissued in 1996 and later.

See also

Related Research Articles

Cinderella European folk tale

"Cinderella", or "The Little Glass Slipper", is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances, that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. The story of Rhodopis, recounted by the Greek geographer Strabo sometime between around 7 BC and 23 AD, about a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt, is considered as a possible source due to some similarities. The first ancient story that shares the critical elements of the canonical Cinderella story is usually considered to be the Ye Xian story. The first literary European version of the story was published in Italy by Giambattista Basile in his Pentamerone in 1634; the version that is now most widely known in the English-speaking world was published in French by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. Another version was later published by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812.

<i>Beauty and the Beast</i> traditional fairy tale

Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins. Its lengthy version was abridged, rewritten, and published first by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 in Magasin des enfants and by Andrew Lang in the Blue Fairy Book of his Fairy Book series in 1889, to produce the version(s) most commonly retold. It was influenced by some earlier stories, such as "Cupid and Psyche", The Golden Ass written by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis in the 2nd century AD, and "The Pig King", an Italian fairytale published by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in The Facetious Nights of Straparola.

Fráech is a Connacht hero in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. He is the nephew of Boann, goddess of the river Boyne, and son of Idath of the men of Connaught and Bébinn (sister of Boann of the sidhe, and is renowned for his handsomeness and exploits. He belongs to the Fir Domnann.

Sun-Hwa Kwon Fictional character of the TV series Lost

Sun-Hwa Kwon, better known simply as "Sun", is a fictional character on the ABC television series Lost played by Yunjin Kim.

<i>The Scarlet Claw</i> 1944 film by Roy William Neill

The Scarlet Claw is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes film directed by Roy William Neill and starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. It is the eighth film of the Rathbone/Bruce series. David Stuart Davies notes on the film's DVD audio commentary that it's generally considered by critics and fans of the series to be the best of the twelve Holmes films made by Universal.

"White Nights" is a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, originally published in 1848, early in the writer's career.

<i>Jack Frost</i> (1964 film) 1964 film by Alexander Rou

Jack Frost is a 1964 Soviet romantic fantasy film made by Gorky Film Studio. It was based on a traditional Russian fairy tale Morozko.

<i>Beauty and the Beast</i> (1992 film) 1992 movie

Beauty and the Beast is a 50-minute animated film originally released by GoodTimes Home Video on May 4, 1992, and based on the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Like all other Golden Films productions, the film features three original songs and an underlying track of fully orchestrated classical music. Produced by Golden Films and the American Film Investment Corporation. The movie was released onto DVD in 2002 as part of GoodTimes' "Collectible Classics" line of films.

The Feather of Finist the Falcon Russian fairy tale

The Feather of Finist the Falcon or Finist the Falcon is a Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye russkie skazki. It is Aarne–Thompson type 432, the prince as bird. Other tales of this type include The Green Knight, The Blue Bird, and The Greenish Bird.

<i>The Humpbacked Horse</i> (1947 film) 1947 animated film directed by Ivan Ivanov-Vano

The Humpbacked Horse, is a 1947 Soviet/Russian traditionally animated feature film directed by I. Ivanov-Vano and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. The film is based on the poem by Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov, and because of this, it is spoken in rhyme.

<i>Igor</i> (film) 2008 American computer animated fantasy comedy film directed by Tony Leondis

Igor is a 2008 computer-animated science fantasy comedy film about the stock character Igor dreaming to win first place at the Evil Science Fair by making a monster. It is a French-American venture produced by Exodus Film Group, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sparx Animation Studios. Directed by Tony Leondis and written by Chris McKenna, the film features the voices of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Molly Shannon, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno and Christian Slater. It is MGM's first fully computer-animated film as well as the studio's first animated film in twelve years following 1996's All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. The film was released on September 19, 2008 in the United States and on December 17, 2008 in France. The film grossed $30.7 million on a $25 million budget.

The Magic Pipe is a 1998 Russian stop motion-animated feature film directed by Mikhail Tumelya. Work on the film started in 1993, and it was Russia's fifth feature-length animation to be released after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over 120 puppets were used in the film. The funds came largely from FAF Entertainment.

<i>The Night Before Christmas</i> (1951 film) 1951 film

The Night Before Christmas is a 1951 Russian feature animated film directed by the "grandmothers of the Russian animation", Brumberg sisters, and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. The film is based on Nikolai Gogol's story The Night Before Christmas. In big degree it was succeeded to present in this screen version of the story of the same name on the screen national color of the Ukrainian village.

<i>The Twelve Months</i> (1956 film) 1956 animated film by Ivan Ivanov-Vano

The Twelve Months is a 1956 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by the "patriarch of Russian animation", Ivan Ivanov-Vano. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the fairy-tale play of the same name by Samuil Marshak. The scene of action in the animated film isn't specified, but on a picture it is clear that action happens in the West at the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries. The animated film plot quite precisely reflects story events, thus the particular emphasis is placed on ridiculing the shortcomings of an absolute monarchy.

<i>The Snow Queen</i> (1957 film) 1957 film

The Snow Queen is a 1957 Soviet animated film directed by Lev Atamanov. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The film was re-released with English soundtracks in 1959, 1993, and 1995.

<i>The Key</i> (1961 film) 1961 Soviet animated film directed by Lev Atamanov

The Key is a 1961 Soviet feature animated film directed by Lev Atamanov. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow.

Lev Atamanov, born Levon Konstantinovich Atamanyan, was a classic Soviet animated films director of Armenian descent.

The Scarlet Flower

The Scarlet Flower, also known as The Little Scarlet Flower or The Little Red Flower, is a Russian folk tale written by Sergey Aksakov. It is an adaptation of traditional fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. In Russia, Beauty and the Beast story is known mostly via Aksakov's retelling.

<i>Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess</i> 2012 animated film

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess is a 2012 Japanese animated fantasy action film based on the shōnen manga and anime series Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima. It was directed by Masaya Fujimori, and its screenplay was written by anime staff writer Masashi Sogo, while Mashima was involved as the film's story planner. Tetsuya Kakihara, Aya Hirano, Rie Kugimiya, Yuichi Nakamura, Sayaka Ōhara, Satomi Satō, and Yui Horie reprise their character roles from the anime series. The film also features Aya Endō as the titular priestess Éclair, and Mika Kanai as her birdlike companion Momon. The film was released in Japan on August 18, 2012, and on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on December 10, 2013.

The Stone Flower is a stop motion animated film directed by Oleg Nikolaevsky. It is an adaptation of Pavel Bazhov's stories "The Stone Flower" and its sequel "The Master Craftsman". It was released by Sverdlovsk Film Studio in 1977.

References