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Obyknovennoye chudo (1978)

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A wizard invents characters who all come to life and start to arrive at his house: a King, his servants, a princes, a bear trapped in a man's body - the usual lot. The Plot mainly rotates ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Oleg Yankovskiy ...
Irina Kupchenko ...
Wizard's wife
Evgeniy Leonov ...
Aleksandr Abdulov ...
Yekaterina Vasilyeva ...
First Lady
Andrey Mironov ...
Minister Administrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatyana Ignatova ...
Servant (as T. Ignatova)
Vladimir Yanovskis


A wizard invents characters who all come to life and start to arrive at his house: a King, his servants, a princes, a bear trapped in a man's body - the usual lot. The Plot mainly rotates around the bear, who the wizard had turned into a man. The Bear, who wishes to be a bear once again, can turn into his old self if he were to kiss a princess. It gets complicated when he falls in love with that princess, that arrived at the wizard's house. For how can they be together, if a single kiss will destroy their love? Written by DrStrangelife

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An Extraordinary Miracle
13 May 2011 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

The film An Ordinary Miracle IS a miracle, an extraordinary miracle, born in the harmonious union of cinema and theater. It mixes magically the elements of elegant Comedy Del Arte, not just one but three beautiful romances, hilarious and unforgettable characters, humor, satire, the dialogs and quotes that have become the part of every day conversations in all Post Soviet Russian speaking countries, and colorful musical fairy tale. It was made 33 years ago, but it is as fabulous and modern as ever, and it does not age at all. Miracles never do. No matter how many years have passed, it will always be difficult to be a real man, and always will be tedious to prove that you are worthy of your fame. And while there is humanity, "Glory to brave who dare to love, knowing that this will come to an end. Thank to madmen who live, as if they were immortal."

I saw this miracle of fantasy, music, romance, and comedy dozens of times and thought that I knew it almost by heart. But earlier today, while re-watching it after many years for the first time, I realized clearly that that the entire film, all this glorious extravaganza is the anthem to love and passion of a creator to the process of creation, to fantasy, dreams, the flights of imagination that give birth to miracles and give us the joy to witness and admire them. The film belongs to two wizards, the miracle-workers. One, in the amazing performance by Oleg Yankovki, is the screen wizard whose love for his wife and imagination brought to live the story and the characters and turned their lives upside down, sending them to the roads they never dreamed of going. He held the fate of all characters, but gave them the choices that would change them forever. The other wizard is the Master behind the scenes, Marc Zakharov, whose talent, creativity, and vision made the miracle possible. Everything in it is magical: the score and songs by G. Gladkov are so unique and memorable,they deserve separate and long conversation, as well as festive Masquerade/carnival atmosphere, bitter-sweet love stories (not one but three), and the amazing performance by all actors without exception. The best the film could be defined by the very first line of the main song, the Wizard's song: "absurd, ridiculous, foolish, crazy, magical".

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