Stress (Стресс, 1989) by Konstantin Bronzit and Yevgeniy Markov

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Stress (ru)

Year 1989
Director(s) Bronzit Konstantin
Markov Yevgeniy
Studio(s) Lennauchfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Comedy
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:04:29
Wordiness 4.48
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A comedic skit about the dangers of stress for cardiovascular disease made for the Ministry of Health of the USSR. Almost wordless.

One of the little-known early works of Konstantin Bronzit, when he was working for the Lennauchfilm studio (Leningrad Science Film, which mostly made educational documentaries). In fact, it's somewhat unclear who was responsible for what, as the roles of the film crew are not listed separately in the credits.

Scanned for the first time by Андрей кинокрут (Andrey Kinokrut) in December 2022 from 35mm film.




Frankly, I can't say I like this film much as it is rather mean-spirited and amateurishly-made. Also, it makes only a very half-hearted attempt at getting its intended message from the Ministry of Health across. It feels like by this point, control over effective use of public funds was not a priority in the country (which was in the midst of a sort of revolution). And while this allowed some really interesting animation to get made by accomplished artists, it also unfortunately allowed for stuff like this.

Back in 1973, director Ivanov-Vano had gotten a similar assignment and actually made something pretty decent.


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