A graceful insane fable that serves the visual medium well! What I enjoyed the most was the representation of demons in the story. The demons didn't seem to bring much consequence to the overall story and were really just distractions for the blacksmith's journey.
Ночь пе́ред Рождество́м, Noch pered Rozhdestvom, (Christmas Eve,) Wladyslaw Starewicz, Moscow, 1913: Based on the story by Nikolai Gogol, Christmas Eve is one of the few live action films by the first great stop motion animator. It tells the story of a witch and her son, the blacksmith. When he catches his mom's lover by the tail, he forces the demon to take him to fetch Czarina Catherine's slippers for his fiancé .