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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
One of my most favorite, 14 January 2002
Author: caterinka from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
This movie has always been a romantic inspiration to me. I understand,
for Western movie fans it must look too simple in terms of effects (if any
:), but Mark Zakharov is a theatric director, so it is actually a movie
PLAY, having a touch of theater.
Øýü afraid that the half of the original flavor will be devoured by any however good translation - humor, romance, smallest shades of mood or feelings. But if you will get into the movie, if you will find the right tune for it - you will discover a lot of wonderful things about yourself, about feelings...
18 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
One of the best Russian movies ever made, 24 February 2004
Author: IlyaEck from Los Angeles, CA
Based on a play by Yevgeniy Shwartz, one of the best Russian playwrights of the 20th century, made by one of the best directors of the Soviet epoch with an unprecedented all-stars cast, this movie has instantly become a classic of Russian cinema and theatre alike. Critics may point out various flaws in it, still it is indispensable for anyone who is out to understand Russian culture a bit more, or just for anyone, I might add.
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Those ordinary miracles we create, 25 August 2008
Author: knysliukas from Lithuania
Mark Zakharov has done a number of interesting, allegoric films ('To
Kill a Dragon', for one), often adapting plays of Yevgeni Shvarts. Yet
'An Oridnary Miracle' is much more than just one in a bunch.
What we have here is a tale coming to life, an allegory in its full sense. The plot is centered around the Wizard, played superbly by Oleg Yankovsky, and his wife (another fantastic performance by Irina Kupchenko). The Wizard utters words, and we see them come to life - literally. He is dictating every move of this story, setting the pace and force of action. Creating a solid world by imagination, a world that stumbles upon his tired wife and wouldn't leave until set right.
The center of this imaginary world is a love story, a fairy tale of a bear turned into a man who has to be kissed by a princess to return to his true form. Zakharov handles this in a beautiful way. The love story is very romantic, yet never too sweet, accompanied with superb supporting characters of the King (Yevgeni Leonov) and his Minister Administrator (Andrei Mironov), the very stars of the Soviet Russian cinema.
Everything is very theatrical in this movie. Anotther commenter here mentioned it's due to Zakharov's occupation as a theatre director. Yet it seems there's more to it, since other pictures of his hold less of this stage atmosphere. Having seen this movie numerous times, i like to think this 'theatricity' as, for one, an homage to Shvarts' plays, and also as yet another allegory of life and imagination, when everyone of us can be creators of many things. Creating our own life, which is nothing but an (un)ordinary miracle.
The whole movie, i think, comes to a simple truth, articulated in many masterpieces (it would fit to remember Tarkovsky here): it is difficult to be a creator. This gift comes with its own rules, sometimes far beyond control. Yet by allowing it to come, we can produce small, ordinary miracles. To quote the theme song of the movie, 'awkwardly, funnily, illogically, mindlessly - miraculously'.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
An Extraordinary Miracle, 13 May 2011
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA
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".
11 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
plot summary, 12 June 1999
A beautiful film with great actors. A magician turns a bear into a young man who must kiss a princess in order to turn back into a bear. Leonov is hilarious as the King.
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