Jan 25, 2023·edited Jan 25, 2023Liked by Animation Obsessive Staff

A fantastic article and translation job! I had never actually watched this film before despite several recommendations, but your article changed that and it was every bit what you said it would be.

By the way, I've taken the liberty of editing your subtitles a bit to break up some extra-long lines and correct a few translation mistakes I found (such as the very opening poem, which was actually more correct in the 2016 subs. I tried to translate it a bit more poetically, but I'm not sure I'm quite satisfied with the result). Hope I didn't screw anything up in the process! The new version is over here: https://www.animatsiya.net/film.php?filmid=1173 (I also fixed up the Russian subs while I was at it)

Also, not sure if you mentioned it before, but the two directors teamed up once again in 1975 to direct another feature avant-garde animated-live action hybrid Mayakovsky adaptation:


But although it also has quite interesting segments (especially Vladimir Tarasov's segment at the 1-hour mark, and the perhaps-too-bizarre "Bazaar" segment at 19:42 animated by Ideya Garanina), the 1962 film seems to be clearly stronger.

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Feb 13, 2023Liked by Animation Obsessive Staff

My great-grandfather had a flower shop called Eilers on the Nevsky Prospect in Saint Petersburg, and Mayakovsky lived in the apartment upstairs. He writes about it in his book entitled The Egyptian Stamp. My father, who was born in 1912, was first arrested in 1931 and sent to the gulag and internal exile for the next ten years. But last I heard, the old Eilers shop is still a florist shop.

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Animation Obsessive Staff

Fantastic article. Mayakovsky (along with Brecht and my teacher Suzan-Lori Parks) was one of great inspirations in college. I had no idea this film existed.

A dive into Harry Smith's version of Brecht's Mahagonny would be a nice complementary article.

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