A Tale of Lost Time (1964)

 

A Tale of Lost Time [Skazka o poteryannom vremeni ] (1964) The Walt Disney of Soviet Cinema, Aleksandr Ptushko directed Evgeny Schwartz’s fable about elderly who steal children’s youth. The set designs and special effects are magical, especially the sorcerers’ coven hidden inside a tree. Sergey Martinson, a “master of pantomime, buffoonery, and grotesque,” takes impish delight as a geriatric with a third-grade boy trapped inside him. The concluding chase sequence is hilariously inventive. Of course there is a moral to this tomfoolery: Write on the door, ”Work before pleasure.”  And yet, the bittersweet truth about youth and old age happens mid-way though the film: “A person who’s losing time doesn’t notice how he’s getting old.”

 

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Whales roam the earth, eating watermelons

 

 

 

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The older we grow, the more skeleton

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As cannibal lizards evolve nations

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Fossils reveal scars from lost horizons

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The British abandoned Hong Kong freedom

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State religion burns like a waffle iron

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Whales beach earth beneath split watermelons

[Disposable Poem August 25, 2021]

Dr. Mike

 

 

 


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