The Thief (Вор, 1934) by Aleksandr Ivanov and Panteleymon Sazonov

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The Thief
Vor (ru)

Year 1934
Director(s) Ivanov Aleksandr
Sazonov Panteleymon
Studio(s) Moskinokombinat
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Comedy
Animation Type(s)  Cutout
Drawn (not cel)
Length 00:09:30
Wordiness 1.96 profile Ru, En
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A boy and his dog go and help catch a watermelon thief at a farm.

The soundtrack was created with the use of the Variophone, an early form of electronic music that was illustrated on paper. It was optical synthesizer that utilized sound waves cut onto cardboard disks rotating synchronously with a moving 35mm movie film while being photographed onto it to produce a continuous soundtrack. Afterwards this filmstrip was played as a normal movie by means of a film projector. Being read by photocell, amplified and monitored by a loudspeaker, it functioned as a musical recording process. More examples of the Variophone can be seen here (various examples), and here (Dancing Crow).

This film is kept at Gosfilmofond and was first posted online in 2012 to accompany this article in the Russian-language journal "MediaMusic" about the Variophone. A high-resolution scan of the film was made available on as of early 2022, and uploaded to Youtube in May 2022.



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