Andrei Khrzhanovsky

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Andrei Khrzhanovsky, 2005

Andrei Yurievich Khrzhanovsky (Russian: Андрей Юрьевич Хржано́вский; born November 30, 1939 in Moscow[1]) is a Russian animator, documaker, writer and producer. He is the father of director Ilya Khrzhanovsky. People's Artist of Russia (2011).[2]

He rose to prominence in the west with his 2009 picture Room and a Half starring Grigory Dityatkovsky, Sergei Yursky, Alisa Freindlich) about Joseph Brodsky.[3][4] Although Khrzhanovsky's 1966 dark comedy There Lived Kozyavin was clearly a comment on the dangerous absurdity of a regimented communist bureaucracy it was approved by the state owned Soyuzmultfilm studio. However The Glass Harmonica in 1969 continuing a theme of heartless bureaucrats confronted by the liberating power of music and art was the first animated film to be officially banned in Russia.[5]

Filmography (selection)[edit]

  • Glass Harmonica (1968, short film, Russian: Стеклянная гармоника)
  • A Fantastic Tale (1978, Russian: Чудеса в решете)
  • A Pushkin Trilogy (1986)
  • The Lion with the White Beard (1995, Russian: Лев с седой бородой)
  • Half Cat (2002, Russian: Полтора кота)
  • Room and a Half (2009, Russian: Полторы комнаты)


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