Thursday, 4 September 2008

Alexander Karavayev "Last Hunt"

Last Hunt is my second Russian movie in two days. It is a sentimental story about a hunting dog who chases a blue bird through the water but suffers remorse when it is wounded. Despite his best endeavours to make amends the bird rebuffs him. Only when he is called upon by his master to do what hunting dogs are required to do is he able to do the decent thing. Made in 1982 Alexander Karavayev bases his animation on a script by Teodor Vulfovich. Despite the warm music and the obvious charm of the dog's character there is perhaps more toughness in the movie than might be apparent had it been made in Hollywood. There is also some sumptuous visual scenes as the dog bounds throught the undergrowth or hunts at dawn. The dream sequence, of which the image below is a screenshot, is especially effective. The YouTuber is most informative and his notes are linked to the Sunday Classic: "Karavayev studied art direction at Soyuzmultfilm together with Yuri Norstein and then became a student of director Ivan Ivanov-Vano".

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