The Lost Letter

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For the short story by Nikolai Gogol, see The Lost Letter: A Tale Told by the Sexton of the N...Church. For the Ukrainian film by Borys Ivchenko based on Gogol's story, see Propala Hramota.
The Lost Letter
Propavshayagramota.jpg
Directed by Lamis Bredis
Zinaida Brumberg
Valentina Brumberg
Produced by Soyuzmultfilm
Written by Nikolai Gogol (story)
Zinoviy Kalik
Starring Sergei Martinson
Leonid Pirogov
Mikhail Yanshin
Boris Livanov
Narrated by Vasiliy Kachalov
Music by Serafim Vasilenko
Release dates
1945
Running time
43 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Lost Letter (Russian: Пропа́вшая гра́мота, Propavshaya gramota), or A Disappeared Diploma, is a 1945 Soviet animated film directed by the "grandmothers of the Russian animation", Brumberg sisters, and Lamis Bredis. It is the first Soviet cel-animated feature film. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the story with the same name by Nikolai Gogol. Authors of the movie managed to report an originality of national Ukrainian color and to recreate the magical, fantastic atmosphere peculiar to works of the writer. Also, for more reliable statement of dance of the Zaporozhets and the Cossack Igor Moiseyev was involved.

Plot[edit]

Hot August, to the queen, with the hetman diploma send to the capital of the Cossack. On the road he strikes up acquaintance to the loose Zaporozhets. On a halt the new friend told that sold soul to a devil and waits for payment. At night the Cossack didn't become goes to bed, decided to look that will be farther. As darkened, to the place of a halt the devil came, took away a horse, and with her and the imperial diploma. It was necessary to look for to the messenger loss in the wood overflowed with evil spirit. For the morning the Cossack said goodbye to the acquaintance and, already without stops, rushed off to St. Petersburg.

Creators[edit]

English Russian
Directors Lamis Bredis
Zinaida Brumberg
Valentina Brumberg
Ламис Бредис
Зинаида Брумберг
Валентина Брумберг
Directors' assistants K. Apestina
Ye. Novosel'skaya
Ye. Golovanova
T. Fyodorova
I. Kul'neva
Ye. Shilova
Scenario Zinoviy Kalik
Zinaida Brumberg
Valentina Brumberg
Зиновий Калик
Зинаида Брумберг
Валентина Брумберг
Art Directors Yevgeniy Migunov
Anatoliy Sazonov
Евгений Мигунов
Анатолий Сазонов
Decorative artists B. Suteyeva
G. Nevzorova
V. Valeryanova
I. Troyanova
O. Gemmerling
V. Rodzhero
Б. Сутеева
Г. Невзорова
В. Валерйанова
И. Троянова
О. Геммерлинг
В. Роджеро
Animators Pyotr Repkin
Y. Popov
Aleksandr Belyakov
Tatyana Fyodorova
Boris Dyozhkin
Nina Mindovskaya
Nadezhda Privalova
Tatyana Basmanova
Gennadiy Filippov
Lamis Bredis
N. Fyodorova
Roman Davydov
Faina Yepifanova
Пётр Репкин
Ю. Попов
Александр Беляков
Татьяна Фёдорова
Борис Дёжкин
Нина Миндовская
Надежда Привалова
Татьяна Басманова
Геннадий Филиппов
Ламис Бредис
Н. Фёдорова
Роман Давыдов
Фаина Епифанова
Camera Operators Nikolai Voinov
Yelena Petrova
Николай Воинов
Елена Петрова
Composer Serafim Vasilenko Серафим Василенко
Sound Operator Nikolay Prilutskiy Николай Прилуцкий
Sound Engineer Valeriy Popov
Artistic Administrator Aleksandr Ptushko Александр Птушко
Voice Actors Sergei Martinson
Leonid Pirogov
Mikhail Yanshin
Boris Livanov
Сергей Мартинсон
Леонид Пирогов
Михаил Яншин
Борис Ливанов
Narrator Vasiliy Kachalov Василий Качалов

Video[edit]

In the mid-nineties Studio PRO Video (together with the best Soviet animated films) and the Soyuz studio let out videotapes with this animated film.

In the 2000th years the animated film is released on DVD by Soyuz studio.

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