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Marianna Novogrudskaya

Новогрудская Марианна Герцелевна

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Marianna (Marina) Gertselevna Novogrudskaya was born September 10, 1943, Moscow. She was a Soviet, then Russian animation director, a member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, and of its Board in 1994-1997. Daughter of the writer and journalist Gertsel Samoilovich Novogrudok. She studied at the Moscow secondary art school at the V.I.Surikov Institute.

After graduating in 1961, she came to work in the art workshops of the Moscow Art Theater, where she worked for two years under the direction of assistant decorator Tatyana Serebryakova, daughter of the famous Russian artist Zinaida Serebryakova. Subsequently, Novogrudskaya decided to become a theater artist.

In the summer of 1964, VGIK (film university) announced recruitment for the first experimental cartoon workshop. This determined the further creative destiny of the director. Novogrudskaya studied at VGIK from 1964 to 1971 in the experimental workshop of I.P. Ivanov-Vano at the faculty of directing. In those years, VGIK graduated a whole constellation of filmmakers.

After graduating in 1971, she came to the studio "Ekran" (briefly "Multtelefilm" in the late 1980s/1990s), where she worked until the studio was disbanded in 1995. In the period from 1996 to 1999, at the TV channel "REN-TV", she was the director and author of the idea of ​​a cycle of children's animation programs: the children's quiz Cat Porfiriy on the Air and Glashin Prompts. She also collaborated with "Klassika" studio.

Her debut film, in 1973, Anansi's Spider and the Magic Wand, is notable for the team that worked on it. The script was written by Vasiliy Livanov, the director/co-author was Ideya Garanina, the music was composed by Aleksey Rybnikov, for whom it was also his debut in animated films. The musical film Cat's House (1982) turned out to be an unconditional success of the composer Maksim Dunayevskiy.

In 1983, Novogrudskaya shot the iconic film "Swans" (scriptwriter A. Timofeyevskiy), which was based on three stories from "ABC" (Azbuka) by Leo Tolstoy. The film ends with a quote from the novel War and Peace. Animators Fazil Hasanov and Mihail Pershin, art-director Galina Beda, cameraman Yevgeniy Turevich were invited to work on the picture. The uniqueness of the pictorial range and the subtlety of the applied transfer technique were recognized by professionals and were reflected in the article by Irina Povolotskaya, published in the same year in the newspaper "Soviet Culture".

In the 1970s and 1980s, the director was balancing on the edge between tradition and experiment. The beginning of the 1990s brought with it, on the one hand, a relatively large freedom of action, and on the other - inevitable fatigue. The puppet films of this period - The Blast of the Book (1990), The Crime of Lord Arthur Savile (1991) - were generally traditional.

In her last cartoon The Shot (2003), Novogrudskaya decided to experiment - a combination of puppet and computer animation. The warmth of the puppets animated by the animator, combined with the technological sophistication of the computer-generated space, was highly appreciated by colleagues and professionals. At the Shanghai International Film Festival, The Shot was awarded the Golden Panda Prize for the best "playful" animated film.

-Biography written by Russian WIkipedia, Eus347 and Niffiwan


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