A 1973 Soviet twelve-part television series, directed by Tatyana Lioznova and based on the novel of the same title by Yulian Semyonov. The series portrays the exploits of Maxim Isaev, a ... See full summary »
A group of escaped prisoners, traveling in a hot air balloon, have to land on a remote islands and must try to survive there. They encounter a castaway, pirates, and captain Nemo with his ... See full summary »
TV adaptation based on the eponymous book by 'Boris Vasilyev (I)'. Set in Russia, in 1941, during the Second World War. The Red Army Sergeant Vaskov is stationed at a remote artillery post.... See full summary »
The main hero is an enthusiastic, kind-hearted and somewhat confused schoolboy with a love for goldfish. He lives with his family. But their serene lifestyle is somewhat disturbed by the ... See full summary »
A very well done, three part Russian television film that takes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and works in elements from its sequel Mysterious Island. While not as good as the 1954 Disney Film, it is superior to the two television films of 1997. The plot adheres fairly closely to the novel, with numerous flashbacks to Nemo's former life as Prince Dakkar in India. Special effects are rather weak with the diving suits recycled from a Space film (and with scuba diver inserts that do not really fit) nothing comparable to the squid fight and a Nautilus that is not up to Harper Goff's design for the 1954 film. The usual problem with films based on Verne, no female characters, is solved by giving "Aronaks" a wife, (he leaves on their wedding day) and the Nemo flashbacks. Vladislav Dvorzhetsky is an excellent Nemo, comparing very favorably to James Mason.
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