Boris Stepantsev – Vovka v Tridevyatom tsarstve AKA Vovka in Far Far Away Kingdom (1965)


19 min. 48 sec.

directed by Boris Stepantsev
written by Vadim Korostylev
art directors Anatoly Savchenko, Petr Repkin
artists O. Ghemmerling, Lev Arkadyev
animators Anatoly Abarenov, Galina Barinova, Antonina Alyoshina, V. Dolgikh, Youry Butyrin, Leonid Kayukov, Tatiana Taranovich, Victor Arsentiev, Olga Orlova, Anatoly Petrov, S. Zhutovskaya
cameraman Michael Druyan
music I. Yakushenko
sound Boris Filchikov
script editor Raisa Frichinskaya
voice artists Emma Treivas, Michael Yanshin (Tsar) , Clara Rumyanova (Vassilissa) , Elena Ponsova (The Old lady and the Librarian) , Rina Zelenaya (Vovka) Continue reading Boris Stepantsev – Vovka v Tridevyatom tsarstve AKA Vovka in Far Far Away Kingdom (1965)

Nadezhda Kosheverova & Mikhail Shapiro – Zolushka AKA Cinderella (1947)


Based on the traditional story about the hard working Cinderella, her wicked step-mother and lazy sisters. The film was restored at ”Mosfilm” in 1967.

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Old Story of Never Aging Charm, 19 February 2005

Author: Galina from Virginia, USAThe film starts with the words, “This is a very old fairy tale that was first told many centuries ago and still lives, and everybody tells it in a different way”. The creators of the film “Zolushka”, 1947 (“Cinderella”), told this old story with so much tenderness, humor, kindness, and style that it will be loved and watched by spectators of many generations, past and future, children and adults alike. “Cinderella” is the film of lasting and never aging charm. Its directing is effortless, the familiar plot never fails to captivate, the music by Antonio Spadavekkia is enchanting and absolutely fits the magic of the film. The old story is retold by Yevgeni Shvarts (who also wrote the screenplays to the masterpieces of Russian Cinema “To Kill a Dragon” (1991), “Ordinary Wonder” (1978), “Twelve Chairs” (1977), and “Don Quixote” (1957)), and he added the jokes that are still funny and biting after all these years. I just have to say a couple of words about acting. The best Russian actors of the time participated in the “Cinderella”. I would never forget a touchy but kind King (Erast Garin), tender and loving Zolushka (Yanina Zhejmo, who was 38 when she took a role but she was absolutely believable as 16 year old Zolushka), and one of my favorite actresses of all time, one and only Faina Ranevskaya as an evil but unforgettable Stepmother who believes that with her powerful connections she will rule the Magic Kingdom. Continue reading Nadezhda Kosheverova & Mikhail Shapiro – Zolushka AKA Cinderella (1947)

Grigori Kokhan – Yaroslav Mudry aka Yaroslav the Wise (1982)


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In the XIth century Kievan Rus’ reached its zenith under the reign of Yaroslav. He established enduring ties with many of the ruling European dynasties, strengthened the borders of Rus’ and tried to free it from the influence of the Byzantine Empire. Since 988 the church of Rus’ had been autonomous, apart from the right of Constantinople to appoint the Metropolitan Continue reading Grigori Kokhan – Yaroslav Mudry aka Yaroslav the Wise (1982)

Vsevolod Pudovkin – Shakhmatnaya goryachka aka Chess Fever (1925)


Chess Fever is a comedy about a man who, though soon to be married, already has a mistress – chess. His bride-to-be, knowing nothing of the game but seeing that his heart resides on the sixty-four squares of the chessboard, freaks out and storms onto the snow-covered streets in hysteria. Continue reading Vsevolod Pudovkin – Shakhmatnaya goryachka aka Chess Fever (1925)

Vsevolod Pudovkin – Konets Sankt-Peterburga AKA The End of St. Petersburg (1927)


Filmed to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 1917 Russian revolution, End of St. Petersburg was the second feature-length effort of director V. I. Pudovkin. Utilizing many of the montage techniques popularized by his contemporary Sergei Eisenstein, Pudovkin details the fall of St. Petersburg into the hands of the Bolsheviks during the revolution. Unlike Eisenstein, Pudovkin concentrates on individuals rather than groups (his protagonist is a politically awakened peasant played by Ivan Chuvelyov) humanizing what might otherwise have been a prosaic historical piece. The mob scenes, though obviously staged for ultimate dramatic impact, are so persuasive that they have frequently been excerpted for documentaries about the Russian Revolution, and accepted by some impressionable viewers as the real thing. Filmed just after his 1926 masterwork Mother, The End of St. Petersburg was followed by the equally brilliant Storm Over Asia.-
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Samson Samsonov – Poprygunya (1955)

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A screen version of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov’s short story of the same name (Poprygunya). The film won a Silver Lion of St. Mark and the Pasinetti Prize ( a prize awarded by Italian film critics) for best international film at the 1955 Venice International Film Festival. Continue reading Samson Samsonov – Poprygunya (1955)