Soviet Film Wednesday: Seasons

Seasons Poster

Seasons, made in 1969, is one of the most beloved Russian animations, directed by Yuri Norstein and Ivan Ivanov-Vano, with the music of Tchaikovsky. You can find this and four other animations by Norstein: The Battle of Kerzhenets, Fox and Rabbit, The Heron and the Crane, and Hedgehog in the Fog, all on DVD in Masters of Russian Animation.


The detailed stop-motion animation, much done with delicate lace, features a couple gliding through the seasons, all set to brilliant renditions of “October” and “November” from Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons.  As in many of his short films, Norstein also used cut-outs for much of the animation, creating magnificent scenes and magical movements of wind, snow, the sparkling starry night, and warm sunlight pouring in.

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