Icarus and the Wise Men (Икар и мудрецы, 1976) by Fyodor Hitruk

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Icarus and the Wise Men
Ikaros and the Wise Men
Икар и мудрецы
Ikar i mudretsy (ru)
Ikarus a mudrcové (cs)
Ikaro kaj saĝuloj (eo)
Ícaro y los sabios (es)
Ikarus ja targad (et)
Ikaros và các nhà thông thái (vi)

Year 1976
Director(s) Hitruk Fyodor
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Folklore & myth (non-Rus./USSR)
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:07:43
Wordiness 5.48
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The story about the Greek Icarus who wished to fly, and the wise men who told him it was impossible.


This eight-minute Soviet production from 1976 by famed animator Fyodor Hitruk for Soyuzmultfilm transforms the story of Icarus from one of hubris and heedlessness into one of ingenuity and perseverance, as the hero keeps trying to find new ways to fly, in spite of the skepticism and narrowmindedness of the community elders (whose views are expressed in pithy Latin phrases). The motif of resistance to authority, which is so prevalent in 1970s animation, is on clear display here, as is Hitruk’s distinctive and imaginative artistic style. In the midst of the period of detente from the Cold War, Icarus and the Wise Men offers its audience a simple yet profound philosophical meditation on the ideas of freedom, creativity and daring in the face of cynicism and opposition.

Hitruk went on to direct another classically-themed short in 1982 called Olympians, which is filled with imagery of the ancient games and which itself was influenced by the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

- Text by Chiara Sulprizio.



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