The Glass Harmonica (Стеклянная гармоника, 1968) by Andrey Hrzhanovskiy

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The Glass Harmonica
Стеклянная гармоника
Steklyannaya garmonika (ru)
Skleněná harmonika (cs)
Klaasharmoonium (et)
A harmónica de cristal (gl)

Year 1968
Director(s) Hrzhanovskiy Andrey
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Literature (Rus./East Slavic)
Animation Type(s)  Cutout
Length 00:20:54
Wordiness 1.09 profile Ru, En
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A craftsman builds a glass harmonica that enlightens him, then travels to a town where the people are obsessed with money and the harmonica is destroyed. Based on the story by Lazar Lagin.

This was apparently the only animated film officially banned by Soviet censors, although previous films such as Tsehanovskiy's Balda had been effectively banned. It was submitted on the day of the USSR troops going into Prague, and the following day was prohibited from screening and the director was ordered to go into the navy for two years, which he did. Even in the Perestroika time, when all sorts of banned films of the past were being shown, there "was not enough film stock" to make copies of this one, and it was once again not screened.



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