To You, Moscow! (Тебе, Москва!, 1947) by Grigoriy Lomidze

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To You, Moscow!
Тебе, Москва!
Tebye, Moskva! (ru)
Tobì, Moskvo (cs)
Kính gửi Moskva (vi)

Year 1947
Director(s) Lomidze Grigoriy
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) History
War & battles
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:17:35
Wordiness 9.68 profile Ru, En
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A tribute to the city of Moscow's 800th birthday made shortly after the Second World War.

The film goes over chapters in the city's history, such as the city's founding, the Polish intervention in the Time of Troubles, the invasion of Napoleon, the 1905 and 1917 revolutions and the invasion of Nazi Germany.

The film includes images of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, but it was often shown without the scenes featuring him (about 20 seconds worth). The videos above seem to be the original versions, however.

The first video above has better (though a bit too-pale) colours, more of the frame visible, and is sharper. The second one has slightly better sound quality.




This film, in my opinion, only deserves a B grade, or a score of 4/5 according to Russian standards. Because it contains too many slogans and noises, which makes the story heavy (Even though I was born and raised in a communist country, I also felt that the message from the film was very forced). Of course, in return, the soundtrack is very good and the images have documentary value about Soviet life in 1946.

The film's content begins like someone writing a postcard to wish someone a happy birthday. Even, in my opinion, that was a son who left home to fight and sent a letter to his beloved mother in his hometown. The story moves continuously like someone looking at a collection of postcards, and of course, those "postcards" contain the history of a city. Perhaps after my generation, that is, persons were born in the 2000s and later, whom will find this form difficult to understand.

This film almost heralded the three golden decades of Soviet animation. I am sure !

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Just for fun, for most countries in the world, those three decades are very beautiful memories, because they are probably associated with the prosperity of welfare, media, entertainment... but for Vietnamese people only have obsessions of separation, loss, war, poverty and deception. Therefore, in the 1980s and 1990s, when the governments of the Soviet Union (inherited by Russia) and the United States promoted a large number of books and films, which were released in the mid-twentieth century, there was a phenomenon like this : Although Vietnamese people received it very warmly (because they all have attractive and humane content), they hardly understood anything.

Actually, I can say that the twentieth century was very scary in the minds of Vietnamese people, that's why they always talk about war and identify history with war. What is considered the most beautiful in the modern Vietnamese worldview often focuses on the early stages of life (school age, teenage love) or rural landscapes. That concept is now breaking like glass as the economic crisis spreads, and as for me, I am also trying to escape such a simple way of thinking. Regardless, our world has transformed profoundly since the Internet dominated the media. Now Goebbels's formula is no longer true, because too much information confuses the crowd and increases distrust.


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