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Christmas Eve (1913)

Noch pered Rozhdestvom (original title)
Based on Gogol's story: It's Christmas Eve, and everyone in the village has plans. The devil and the witch Solokha are looking for ways of causing mischief. Chub the Cossack just wants some... See full summary »
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Based on Gogol's story: It's Christmas Eve, and everyone in the village has plans. The devil and the witch Solokha are looking for ways of causing mischief. Chub the Cossack just wants some vodka. Solokha's son, Vakula the smith, wants to court Chub's charming daughter Oksana, who sets him on a quest: if Vakula will bring her the tsaritsa's shoes, Oksana will marry him. Meanwhile, the popular Solokha has a series of male visitors to contend with. When Vakula interrupts her, it sets off a chain of events that leads to a busy night for everyone. Written by Snow Leopard

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Uneven live action film from Starewicz but it has some good imagery
28 March 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This, unusually, is a live action feature from stop-motion pioneer Wladyslaw Starewicz. It still incorporates some fantasy elements, however. In fact those parts are certainly the best moments in this feature. When it veers away from the fantastic and concentrates more on the comedy it becomes a little mundane. The strongest imagery involves the character of the devil. He is a hairy bear-like creature with a creepy face. An excellent monster. All scenes involving him are good and the ones to watch this for. He even takes to the air and travels through the night sky on a broomstick, which is a great image. On the whole though, this film suggests that Starewicz was much better with animation. His strange, wholly original features, such as Cameraman's Revenge are what he will always be remembered for. This is more uneven, although it does have great parts as I have said.


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