Александр АЛЕКСЕЕВ
France, 1963, 11mn 
Black and white, animation
The Nose
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 Le Nez


Directed by : Alexandre ALEXEIEFF ( Александр АЛЕКСЕЕВ)
Based on the short story of the same name by Nikolai Gogol
Other persons :
Director : Claire PARKER
Music : improvised by Hai MINH

Awards :
- Count de Lanua Prize at the International Art Film Festival, Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium 1964
- Awarded Diploma of the International Short Film Festival, Berlin, 1964.
- Honorable Mention, Film of High Quality,French National Center for Cinematography, 1963.

Plot synopsis
A barber, finds a nose in his bread during breakfast. With horror he recognises this nose as that of one of his regular customers, Collegiate Assessor Kovalyov (known as 'Major Kovalyov'). He tries to get rid of it by throwing it in the Neva River, but he is caught by a police officer. Major Kovaliov awakens to discover that his nose is missing. He visits the newspaper office to place an advert about the loss of his nose, but is refused. Kovalyov returns to his flat, where the police officer who caught Ivan finds him and returns the nose, but Kovalyov finds that he is unable to re-attach the nose, even with the help of the doctor …
This film was made completely using shadows from a pin screen.

Selected in the following festivals :
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2020
- Festival of Russian cinema in Nice, Nice (France), 2015
- Moscow, St-Petersburg : two faces of Russia, Paris (France), 2010

Photos and videos

Le Nez, 1963 ©Cinédoc