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The Soldier's Tale (1984)

Not Rated | | Animation | 23 June 1984 (USA)
A soldier, returning home from war, chances upon a stranger who offers to buy his violin, the stranger is none other than the devil.

Writers:

R.O. Blechman, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (libretto L'Histoire du Soldat) (as C.F. Ramuz)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Max von Sydow ... The Devil (voice)
Dusan Makavejev ... Ilya Grigorivich Vertov, The Soldier (voice)
Galina Panova Galina Panova ... The Princess (voice)
Andre Gregory ... The Narrator (voice)
Theodore Gottlieb ... The Drill Sergeant / The Herald (voice)
Mike Mearian Mike Mearian ... The Announcer (voice)
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A soldier, returning home from war, chances upon a stranger who offers to buy his violin, the stranger is none other than the devil.

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Genres:

Animation

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1984 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

R.O. Blechman Inc., WGBH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Credits for ten animators--Ed Smith, Tissa David, Fred Mogubgub, Tony Eastman, Bill Littlejohn, Fred Burns, John R. Gaug, Yvette Kaplan, Dean Yeagle and Maciek Albrecht--are illustrated with clips from scenes they worked on. See more »

Connections

Version of The Soldier's Tale (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Histoire du Soldat
Written by Igor Stravinsky
Performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Gerard Schwarz, conductor)
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A Stravinsky composition given new life
3 August 2004 | by Randal_PerreletSee all my reviews

I rented this film on VHS many years ago and found it striking. R.O. Blechman's animation style is at first very odd and Stravinsky is composer that people either love or loath. This was composed in 1918, only five years after The Rite of Spring. The original texts were in French (L'Histoire du Soldat), but this production is in English. A Soldier's Tale is a modern parable and was a reaction to the trauma of World War One. Max von Sydow brings a distinguished presence to the film and is simply superb as the Devil. If you give this film a chance, you will no doubt be drawn into its little world. It has just been released to DVD and is now available after a long absence.


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