Madcap comedy set in early 20th century Kiev about a barber whose fondness for drink, gambling, and women lead to bankruptcy. He marries an ugly rich woman to solve his financial woes, but pines for a virtuous beauty who despises him.
Three men vacation on a deserted beach near The Black Sea, trying to get away from women and society. However, two women arrive and try to claim the vacation spot as their own. The groups scheme to run each other off the beach.
In a small log cabin in the forest, three friends - Coward, Dunce and Experienced - make moonshine for sale. Things are going well. After working, friends try an alcohol-containing product ... See full summary »
An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to a Tsar of All Rus' - Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.
A film adaptation of Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol's novel "The Night Before Christmas" from the series "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka" was staged by Aleksandr Rou, the "master of film fairy-tale". A fairy tale story is played out that happened on a farm near Dikanka on the night before Christmas, when village blacksmith Vakula, riding a devil, brought Tsarina's shoes to his beloved Oksana, the daughter of a rich Cossack Chub, from St. Petersburg.Written by
In the best tradition of Soviet fantasy, Dikanka is entertaining from start to finish. There isn't much a plot (hijinks during the night), but the practical effects are charming, and I laughed harder than I had in a long time.
The best element is the Devil himself. Rather than a figure of fear and evil, the Devil is a hairy, silly fellow who keeps busy by tormenting a blacksmith who drew a religious picture that the Devil found particularly offensive. In addition, there are a horde of lusty and/or drunken townsmen, and a cameo by the Tsarina herself. Also, a "Three's Company"-esquire set piece where character after character must hide out in the local witch's hut.
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