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The Night Before Christmas (1961)

Vechera na khutore bliz Dikanki (original title)
Surreal Soviet-era Christmas fantasy movie.


Aleksandr Rou


Nikolay Gogol (story) (as Nikolai Gogol), Aleksandr Rou




Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Khvylya ... Chub (as A. Khvylya)
L. Myznikova ... Oksana
Yuri Tavrov ... Vakula (as Yu. Tavrov)
Lyudmila Khityaeva ... Solokha (as L. Khityayeva)
Sergey Martinson ... Osip the Deacon (as S. Martinson)
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Panas (as A. Kubatsky)
Vera Altayskaya ... Wife of Panas (as V. Altaiskaya)
Dmitriy Kapka ... Shapuvalenko (as D. Kapka)
Nikolay Yakovchenko ... Patsyuk (as N. Yakovchenko)
Marina Sidorchuk Marina Sidorchuk ... Odarka (as M. Sidorchuk)
Aleksandr Radunsky Aleksandr Radunsky ... The Head (as A. Radunsky)
Georgiy Millyar ... The Devil (as G. Millyar)
A. Ablova A. Ablova
V. Bubnova V. Bubnova
Mikhail Vasilyev ... Cossack (as M. Vasilyev)
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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 Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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In 2005 the film was released on DVD by RUSCICO. See more »


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Russian fairy tale for children
19 April 2017 | by sinful-2See all my reviews

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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8 January 1962 (Soviet Union) See more »

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