The Lost Letter

Welcome Back! The Lost Letter is the first traditional full-length animated film for USSR and the Soyuzmultfilm studio. It is also known as Propavshaya gramota. The Lost Letter was released in 1945 in the Soviet Union. The Lost Letter was directed by the “grandmothers of the Russian animation”, Brumberg sisters and Lamis Brendis.


The Lost Letter was directed by Lamis Bredis (shorts), Zinaida Brumberg (The Night Before Christmas, It was I who Drew the Little Man, Shorts), and Valentina Brumberg (The Night Before Christmas, It was I who Drew the Little Man, Shorts). The Lost Letter was produced by Soyuzmultifilm, which is a Russian animation studio based in Moscow. “Over the years it has gained international attention and respect, garnering numerous awards both at home and abroad. Noted for a great variety of style, it is regarded as the most influential animation studio of the former Soviet Union. The studio has produced 1530 films during its existence.” (Wikipedia)The Lost Letter was written by Zinoviy Kalik shorts).


The music is by Serafim Vasilenko whose only movie is this one.


Directors Lamis Bredis
Zinaida Brumberg
Valentina Brumberg
Directors’ assistants K. Apestina
Ye. Novosel’skaya
Ye. Golovanova
T. Fyodorova
I. Kul’neva
Ye. Shilova
Scenario Zinoviy Kalik
Zinaida Brumberg
Valentina Brumberg
Art Directors Yevgeniy Migunov
Anatoliy Sazonov
Decorative artists B. Suteyeva
G. Nevzorova
V. Valeryanova
I. Troyanova
O. Gemmerling
V. Rodzhero
Animators Pyotr Repkin
Y. Popov
Aleksandr Belyakov
Tatyana Fyodorova
Boris Dyozhkin
Nina Mindovskaya
Nadezhda Privalova
Tatyana Basmanova
Gennadiy Filippov
Lamis Bredis
N. Fyodorova
Roman Davydov
Faina Yepifanova
Camera Operators Nikolai Voinov
Yelena Petrova
Composer Serafim Vasilenko
Sound Operator Nikolay Prilutskiy
Sound Engineer Valeriy Popov
Artistic Administrator Aleksandr Ptushko
Voice Actors Sergei Martinson
Leonid Pirogov
Mikhail Yanshin
Boris Livanov
Narrator Vasiliy Kachalov

Original Story:

The Lost Letter is based on the story “The Lost Letter” by Nikolai Gogol.

Before the Film:

I’ve never seen this film. The film is in Russian, but there are English subtitles.


So, you can skip the first 10 minutes. I’m not sure what happened, but it doesn’t really seem to have any point to it. Two men are riding horses and talking. The men drink and then pass out. One man begins to hallucinate. Then a demon appears and steals his hat. The man chases after it. With some difficulty, he meets some demons. He gives them money and they send him to hell. The demons mess with him. The demons try to cheat, but end up losing the card game. The man gets his hat back. They give him a horse and he escapes. It turns out he was dreaming. He leaves and delivers the letter. The End


The animation is great.


The first 10 minutes were pointless. I didn’t see any point to it. I’m guessing they added it, to make the movie longer. The main character, the one we’re supposed to be rooting for, is a self-righteous jerk. None of the other characters are interesting. There is no music. There doesn’t seem to be an actual story.

Overall Opinion:

While, the animation is great, that seems to be the only good thing about this movie. There is no actual story to this film. Basically, it’s about a man who gets drunk, hallucinated demons, wakes up, and delivers a letter. It’s one of the dumbest things I’ve seen. There is no character development at all. None of the characters even have names, nor is the main character likeable. There isn’t really any point to this film at all. I hate it and I don’t recommend it to anyone. Overall, I rate it an F-.

What did you think of the movie? Who was your favorite scene?

Next, up is Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors. It was released in 1945 in Japan. It is Japan’s first animated movie and the first anime.

(I do not own pictures, videos, etc. My information came from Wikipedia).


8 thoughts on “The Lost Letter

      1. It’ll be awhile before I get to that one lol. But, hopefully I’ll be able to find the subtitles lol. English dubs are usually really weird lol I wish that I could speak more than English, but I only know a little bit of other languages. (Not even close to being fluent)


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