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A young boy finds a magic lantern that contains a genie, and when he frees the genie he's granted three wishes. He uses the wishes to help the princess of Baghdad and her father fight off an evil sorcerer who's trying to take over the kingdom. Written by
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What Aladdin are you talking about, daughter of ours?
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The Soviet film industry was, perhaps unsurprisingly, a hotbed for
fantastic stories of witchcraft, magic, and monsters. Aladdin's Magic
Lamp is a typical example of the genre, and while it's no classic, it
certainly has much in its favour. Take, for example, the marvelous
opening sequence, as a black-robed magician conjures a spell under the
stars and proceeds to enter Baghdad by midnight. The widescreen
photography is gorgeous (though the colours on Ruscico's DVD tend to
flutter), the genie in the bottle impressive, and the lead actors well
cast, especially Battleship Potemkin's Andrei Fajt as the
aforementioned sorcerer and the beautiful Dodo Chogovadze as the
spoiled princess who falls for a working class hero. There's also
decent comic relief from Otar Koberidze as the princess's easily
manipulated father. Fans of fantastic cinema will want to seek this one
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