Left-Hander (1964 film)

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Directed by Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Vladimir Danilevich
Written by Ivan Ivanov-Vano
Narrated by Dmitriy Zhuravlyov
Music by Aleksandr Aleksandrov
Release date
1964 (USSR)
Running time
42 min. 23 sec.
Country USSR
Language Russian

Left-Hander (Russian: Левша́, translit. Levsha) is a 1964 feature-length cutout-animated film from the Soviet Union. The film is based on the story of the same name by the 19th century Russian novelist Nikolai Leskov. It was directed by the "Patriarch of Soviet animation", Ivan Ivanov-Vano, at the Soyuzmultfilm studio.[1][2][3]

The score was performed by the Government Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grigori Gamburg.


The screen version of the narration of Nikolay Leskov about the surprising master Lefty who grounded a "aglitskaya" (English) steel flea.


English Russian
Director-producer Ivan Ivanov-Vano Иван Иванов-Вано
Second Director (First Assistant) Vladimir Danilevich Владимир Данилевич
Scenario Ivan Ivanov-Vano Иван Иванов-Вано
Art Directors Arkadiy Tyurin
Anatoliy Kuritsyn
Marina Sokolova
Аркадий Тюрин
Анатолий Курицын
Марина Соколова
Artists Vladimir Alisov
G. Zuykova
V. Rodzhero
Vladimir Sobolev
A. Volkov
G. Nevzorova
Aleksandr Gorbachyov
Владимир Алисов
Г. Зуйкова
В. Роджеро
Владимир Соболев
А. Волков
Г. Невзорова
Александр Горбачёв
Animators Galina Zolotovskaya
Yuriy Norshteyn
Lev Zhdanov
Kirill Malyantovich
Mikhail Botov
Галина Золотовская
Юрий Норштейн
Лев Жданов
Кирилл Малянтович
Михаил Ботов
Camera Operator Joseph Golomb Иосиф Голомб
Executive Producer Nathan Bitman Натан Битман
Composer Aleksandr Aleksandrov Александр Александров
Sound Operator Boris Filchikov Борис Фильчиков
Script Editor Natalya Abramova Наталья Абрамова
Puppets and decorations Vladimir Abbakumov
N. Budylova
Vera Cherkinskaya
Svetlana Znamenskaya
Liliana Lyutinskaya
Y. Benkevich
Oleg Masainov
M. Spasskaya
Владимир Аббакумов
Н. Будылова
Вера Черкинская
Светлана Знаменская
Лилиана Лютинская
Ю. Бенкевич
Олег Масаинов
М. Спасская
Narrator Dmitriy Zhuravlyov Дмитрий Журавлёв
Editor Nina Mayorova Нина Майорова


  • 1964 — the Honourable diploma at the VII International film festival short and documentaries in Leipzig.


In 2008 was issued together with animated films "The Humpbacked Horse" 1947 and 1975 on DVD the Krupnyy Plan company.

Creation history[edit]

Ivanov-Vano bore an animated film plan about the gifted master in Leskov's story about 30 years. Over time he arrived at idea that the originality of the narration of Leskov can be transferred, having created a graphic row with a support on an art system of the Russian popular print with "its characteristic generality of forms, specific expressiveness". For animation the idea to show evolution of character of the main character was innovative. Art directors at creation of the movie were inspired by ancient engravings (action in the imperial palace), English engravings (the foreign line), and the Tula episodes were solved in the stylistics of a popular print which is organically uniting all three lines. According to the proposal of the animator of "Lefty" Yury Norstein, the movie became in equipment of a turn.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Rollberg - Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema 0810862689 2008- Page 306 "Some of Ivanov-Vano' s more daring experiments caused controversy, ... Other films: The Three Musketeers (Tri mushketera, 1938); The Stolen Sun (Kradenoe solntse, 1944); Left-Hander (Levsha, 1964); The Seasons (Vremena goda, 1969);
  2. ^ Soviet Film - Volumes 332-343 - Page 126 1985 This may seem to be a trivial detail in the life of the grand old man of Soviet animated cartoons Ivan Ivanov-Vano. ... Ivanov-Vano came up with Levsha (The Left-Handed Man), a full-length cartoon based on a famous story by Nikolai Leskov.
  3. ^ Prominent Personalities in the USSR. - Page 224 1968 IVANOV-VANO, Ivan Petrovich, . "V nekotorom tsarstve" (In Some Kingdom) (1958); "Priklyucheniya Buratino" (Bura- tino's Adventures); "Levsha" (The Hander) (1964), etc.; ..."

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