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Night on Bald Mountain (1933)

by Nicholas Sammond

The very first pinscreen animation, Night on Bald Mountain is set to Mussorsgky's work of the same name. It features an eerie play of shadows and animal forms, merging the pastoral with the terrifying monstrosity of the mountain and the witches' Sabbath that is being portrayed. The Russian fields below are shown as bombarded with stormy winds and horrors. The animation has notes of surreal and avant-garde imagery and influence.

Compare with the Disney-animated version of Mussorsgky's Night on Bald Mountain in the animated film Fantasia (1940).

Night on Bald Mountain (1933)

The very first pinscreen animation, "Night on Bald Mountain" is based on and set to Mussorsgky's work of the same name. It features the eerie performance of a witches' Sabbath on the top of a mountain, and the horrors wreaked on the fields below.

from Night on Bald Mountain (1933) (1933)
Creator: Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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