The Snow Maiden (1952 film)

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The Snow Maiden
Snegurochka1952.jpg
Directed by Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Written by Oleg Leonidov
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Aleksandr Ostrovsky (play)
Starring V. Shvetsov
L. Ktitorov
V. Borisenko
Irina Maslennikova
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Edited by Nina Mayorova
Release dates
1952 (USSR)
Running time
67 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Snow Maiden (Russian: Снегу́рочка; tr.:Snegurochka) is a 1952 Soviet/Russian traditionally animated feature film. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky (itself largely based on traditional folk tales). Music from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden is used, arranged for the film by L. Shwartz.

The Snow Maiden is an example of the Socialist Realism period in Russian animation, which was characterized by heavy use of rotoscoping and a focus on adapting traditional Russian folk tales.

The film is listed as being in the public domain on the website of the Russian Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography. [1] The film also lapsed into the public domain in the United States when its US copyright expired, but the copyright was restored under the GATT treaty. [2]

Plot[edit]

Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden), the daughter of Spring and Frost, yearns for the companionship of mortal humans. She grows to like a shepherd named Lel, but her heart is unable to know love. Her mother takes pity and gives her this ability, but as soon as she falls in love, her heart warms up and she melts.

Creators[edit]

Romanized Russian
Director-producer Ivan Ivanov-Vano Иван Иванов-Вано
Director Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya Александра Снежко-Блоцкая
Scenario Oleg Leonidov
Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya
Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Олег Леонидов
Александра Снежко-Блоцкая
Иван Иванов-Вано
Art Director Nadezhda Stroganova Надежда Строганова
Artists Y. Tannenberg
Irina Svetlitsa
V. Valerianova
I. Troyanova
Viktor Nikitin (artist)
G. Nevzorova
N. Fyodorova
O. Gemmerling
Lev Milchin
Е. Танненберг
Ирина Светлица
В. Валерианова
И. Троянова
Виктор Никитин
Г. Невзорова
Н. Фёдорова
О. Геммерлинг
Лев Мильчин
Animators Vladimir Danilevich
K. Malyshev
Grigoriy Kozlov
Faina Yepifanova
Nadezhda Privalova
Boris Butakov
B. Savkov
Roman Kachanov
Valentin Lalayants
Yelizaveta Komova
Roman Davydov
Tatyana Fyodorova
Konstantin Chikin
Mikhail Botov
Vadim Dolgikh
Vladimir Arbekov
Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin
Lidiya Reztsova
K. Nikiforov
Владимир Данилевич
К. Малышев
Григорий Козлов
Фаина Епифанова
Надежда Привалова
Борис Бутаков
Б. Савков
Роман Качанов
Валентин Лалаянц
Елизавета Комова
Роман Давыдов
Татьяна Фёдорова
Константин Чикин
Михаил Ботов
Вадим Долгих
Владимир Арбеков
Вячеслав Котёночкин
Лидия Резцова
К. Никифоров
Camera Operators Nikolai Voinov
Yelena Petrova
Николай Воинов
Елена Петрова
Sound Operator Nikolai Prilutskiy Николай Прилуцкий
Editor Nina Mayorova Нина Майорова
Vocals V. Shvetsov (as Bobyl Bakula)
L. Ktitorov (as Grandfather Frost)
V. Borisenko (as Lel)
Irina Maslennikova (as Snow Maiden)
В. Шевцов
Л. Ктиторов
В. Борисенко
Ирина Масленникова

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