Russia, 1912, 230m 
Black and white, silent, animation
The beautiful Leukanida
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Прекрасная Люканида


 Le Plus beau des Lucanes / La Belle Loukanida

 Prekrasnaya Lyukanida

Russian subtitle : Война усачей и рогачей (la guerre des moustachus et des lucanes)
Directed by : Ladislas STAREWICH (Ладислас СТАРЕВИЧ)
Writing credits : Ladislas STAREWICH (Ладислас СТАРЕВИЧ)
Cinematography : Ladislas STAREWICH (Ладислас СТАРЕВИЧ)
Production design : Ladislas STAREWICH (Ладислас СТАРЕВИЧ)
Produced by : Aleksandr KHANZHONKOV (Александр ХАНЖОНКОВ)
Production : A. Khanjonkov & C°
Release date in Russia : 26/04/1912

Plot synopsis
The first example of stop-motion animation in world cinema, a comedy-drama about insects. King Cervus gives a magnificent ball at his castle. The most honored guest in the Country of Moustache-Owners is count Heros. The dressed-up guests whirl away to the sound of the waltz. Cervus himself with queen Leukanida, the beauty and pride of the country of horn-owners, at his side is seated on the throne. Heros is struck by Leukanida’s beauty. The queen accepts his outstretched hand and follows him to the park. There Heros declares his love for her and never suspects that one of the guards is already on his way to Cervus to inform him of Leukanida’s unfaithfulness…
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Commentaries and bibliography
Высшие формы — «Прекрасная Люканида» Владислава Старевича, Yuriy Mikhaylin,, 2020
Киностудии дореволюционной России [Studios d'avant la Révolution russe], Анастасия ВОЙКО,, 2015

Selected in the following festivals :
- International Leipzig Festival for documentary and animated film, Leipzig (Germany), 2012
- International Festival-Workshop of Film Schools, “Kinoproba”, Yekaterinburg (Russia), 2012
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2012
- Festival of Archive Films, Belye Stolby (Russia), 2012
- International Festival of Contemporary Cinema «Zavtra / 2morrow», Moscow (Russia), 2008

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