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
I have seen a few Russian fairy tales and adventure movies from the same time which I enjoyed watching. This one about a blacksmith/painter and the devil and their struggle with each other I did find quite lackluster though.
The movie has nice color pictures for this sort of story. But the story feels like it moves in slow motion. The movie is only just over an hour long but I was bored before it ended. Things like special effects were handled by showing the movie backwards all the time. 10th time you see the movie going backwards it is not cute anymore.
You can find much better Russian movies and fairy tales from the same time period. I would suggest watching Mariya-iskusnitsa (1960) instead that I found more entertaining.
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