Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

A Belated Premiere
This week’s mystery movie was the 2004 film “A Belated Premiere” on the amazing work of Alexander Shiryaev, written and directed by Viktor Bocharov, photographed by Inna Tiktinskaya, artwork by Yury Solovev and music by Sergei Banevich.  It’s on YouTube in four parts.

See “Ghosts of ‘Nutcracker’ Past, Preserved on Film” by Marina Harss from the New York Times, Dec. 11, 2018.

Writing in the New York Times (Jan. 14, 2005), dance critic Anna Kisselgoff said the film fragments “look terribly modern” and called “Belated Premiere” “an eye-opening documentary.”

Dec. 17, 2018, Mystery Photo

Update: This is “The Buffoon’s Dance” from “The Nutcracker.”

I have always wanted to do a mystery animated movie, but most of the available cartoons are way too familiar. This one is more obscure. But, trust me, it’s very cool.

Dec. 18, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have another animated sequence.

Update: This is “Cakewalk.”

Dec, 19, 2018, Mystery Photo

Our mystery animator also did very clever stop-motion….

Dec. 19, 2018, Mystery Photo
… which doesn’t translate well to screen grabs.

Update: This is “Pierrot-Artists.”

доверие мозга roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery кино and mystery мультипликатор).

Dec. 20, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Thursday, here is the mystery animator himself, looking very much like Monday’s mystery photo.

Update: This is Alexander Shiryaev.

доверие мозга roll call: Sarah (mystery кино and mystery мультипликатор)

Dec. 21, 2018, Mystery Photo

For Friday, our animator takes on an ambitious project: A stop-motion version of “La Bayadere.”

Dec. 21, 2018, Mystery Photo

And here is our mystery animator later in life.

Update: Alexander Shiryaev.

доверие мозга roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery animator), Beach Gal (mystery films and mystery animator), Sue Slutzky (mystery films and mystery animator) and Sylvia E. (mystery films and mystery animator).

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24 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. Mrs. Benito says:

    Ancient animation is the coolest thing ever. It’s not like you did one of the Dogville comedy shorts — but if you did, Benito would identify which one in a heartbeat. He adores those.


  2. Seems to be one of the ‘Out of the Inkwell’ series


  3. Lee Ann, Thom, and Megan says:

    Is this sand animation? If so, is the artist Caroline Leaf?


  4. Mrs. Benito says:

    I assume it can’t be “In Gollywog Land”? Which I believe was in color. For some reason you can’t find that film for love or money. Couldn’t be the title.


  5. SylviaE says:


    It looks like poses depicting Olympic games drawn on tiles, but I’m sure that’s not correct.

    This will be a fun one. Still thinkin’


  6. Mary Mallory says:

    Alexander Shiryaev’s “The Nutcracker.”


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Puppet Theatre.


  8. Mary Mallory says:



  9. Sarah says:

    It took awhile, but Monday’s cartoon is “Buffoon’s Dance from the Nutcracker” by Alexander Shiryaev (1906). His work is very obscure, but I’m to posit that all the films this week will be by him.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    Alexander Shiryaev.


  11. beachgal says:

    Our mystery film this week is Alexander Shiryaev’s Buffoon’s Dance.


  12. Sue Slutzky says:

    Is it Alexander Viktorovich Shiryaev?


  13. Sue Slutzky says:

    The first image is from “The Nutcracker”


  14. Sue Slutzky says:

    The stop motion: P’ero-Khudozhniki (Artist Pierrots)


  15. SylviaE says:

    Ha, ha! Great.

    Aleksander Shiryaev

    The Buffon Dance for Monday
    Not sure about Tuesday’s title though it’s the same style as the Buffon Dance, so maybe the same title???
    Wednesday’s stills are from “Puppet Theater”
    Thursday is the ballet dancer/ animator man himself.

    What a talented guy, and so early!
    This was amazing stuff to research and watch.

    Looking forward to Friday & Saturday and to learning more.

    Thanks so much.


  16. beachgal says:

    Friday’s screen grab is from Alexander Shiryaev’s The Marriage of Harlequin and Columbine from his 5 sequences of his puppet (stop-motion) animation as he called it, Harlequin’s Jest, based on the Harlequinade Ballet.

    The photo of our animator in older years is Alexander Shiryaev himself.


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