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Obyknovennoe chudo (1964)

| Fantasy, Romance
In a romantic and philosophical tale of magic and love, a mischievous Sorcerer turns a bear into a young man. Unhappy in his new state, the former bear, with the help of the magician and ... See full summary »
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Aleksey Konsovskiy
Nina Zorskaya
Erast Garin ...
King
Nelli Maksimova
Georgiy Georgiu ...
Minister Administrator
Aleksey Dobronravov
Valentina Karavayeva
Viktor Avdyushko
Klavdiya Lepanova
Svetlana Konovalova
Evgeniy Vesnik
Georgiy Millyar
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In a romantic and philosophical tale of magic and love, a mischievous Sorcerer turns a bear into a young man. Unhappy in his new state, the former bear, with the help of the magician and his beautiful wife, is looking for a princess to kiss in order for his wish to be granted. Certain that all princesses are a vain, spoiled lot, he approaches the first one he sees. But the princess herself is gentle, kind and beautiful, and she and the young man fall in love with each other at the first sight. Unable to bring her pain, he runs away without explaining. As the Princess takes brave actions to find her beloved, new characters enter the story, including the King's ambitious Prime Minister and a hunter looking for a bear fur to complete his collection. How will this complicated plot be resolved? Written by Asya Engelsone <annae@goshen.edu>

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Strange but beautiful
1 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching this film may be difficult for many people. For starters, if you don't know Russian, don't bother watching it. A translation would kill this film. And even if you do, you need patience to finish this movie, which is long and doesn't have a lot of action in it. But if you do get to the end, I doubt it's possible not to like this movie. It's one of the best love stories I've ever seen. It's wildly original and at the same time very mesmerizing and sometimes even hypnotic.

The best things in this film are the actors, and everything hands on them. In 1964, there was no CGI, no fancy advanced cameras, certainly not in Russia. So the visual part of this film is not impressive, although it is amazing at conveying the quiet, soulful mode of the film. But the actors here are so brilliant that (assuming you have gotten through the first 5 minutes) they will hold your attention to the very end of the film. The dialogues, the half-glances, all the minute changes in their expressions speak volumes, and that is what the entire film is based on.

This film would be very difficult for anyone that doesn't understand Russian to watch. But in my opinion, it would be well worth learning the language simply to watch this movie, because it is one of the best Russian movies made, and one of the best I've ever seen.


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