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Georgiy Millyar ...
Baba Yaga / Father
Sergei Stolyarov ...
Ivan
Lev Potyomkin ...
Agafon (as L. Potyomkin)
Nikita Kondratyev ...
Anton (as N. Kondratyev)
V. Sorogozhskaya ...
Irina Zarubina ...
Malanya
Lidiya Sukharevskaya ...
Belendryasa (as L. Sukharevskaya)
Tatyana Barysheva ...
Malanya's mother
Mariya Barabanova ...
Bell-ringer
L. Skavronskaya
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Vasilisa Prekrasnaya, (Vasilisa the Beautiful) is about a father whose three sons go out to finds themselves brides. Two of the boys come home with perfectly normal girls, but the youngest brother, Ivanushka, brings home a frog from the marshes. His father finds this most curious, but what he does not know was that the frog was actually a beautiful girl named Vasilisa, who was cursed...

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13 May 1940 (Soviet Union)  »

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Den smukke Vasilisa  »

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Weird, Wild Russian Fantasy, the early years
6 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I gather from looking at the IMDb that I am not the only one who got into Russian Fantasy Films from seeing them ridiculed on MST3K, and at some point years ago I bought the Russico version of this movie. Unlike other releases by Russico, it only has English on the subtitles.

Anyway, if you are really into "Sampo" or "Father Frost" you may want to chase this down. It's much like those later, rather striking films and the Rusicco Print is flawless. It has comedy much like "Father Frost." It's kind of cool seeing this all done in Black and White, and it comes in at a snappy 70 minutes. The evil Witch character, a Russian staple (and seemingly always played by a man) captures the beautiful Vasilisa and wants her to marry a Dragon. It is left up to the handsome Son of three brothers (the other two are dolts) to save her.

There is a good commentary on the disc where the traditions of Russian Fantasy are explained.


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