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The Stone Flower (1946)

Kamennyy tsvetok (original title)
Obsessed with perfecting his craft, young gemcutter Danilo visits the mystical Copper Mountain to uncover the secret behind its infamous attraction - the Stone Flower, a stone carving so captivating that no one can leave after seeing it.


Aleksandr Ptushko (as A. Ptushko)


Pavel Bazhov (as P. Bazhov), Ivan Keller (as I. Keller)
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Cast overview:
Vladimir Druzhnikov ... Danilo - master (as V. Druzhnikov)
Yekaterina Derevshchikova Yekaterina Derevshchikova ... Katya (as Y. Derevshchikova)
Tamara Makarova ... Khozyayka Medhoy Gori
Mikhail Troyanovskiy ... Prokopych (as M. Troyanovsky)
Aleksandr Kleberer Aleksandr Kleberer ... Dedushka slyshko
Mikhail Yanshin ... Severyan (as M. Yanshin)
Nikolay Temyakov ... Barin (as N. Temyakov)
Anna Petukhova Anna Petukhova ... Barina (as A. Petukhova)
Nikolai Orlov Nikolai Orlov ... Stary master (as N. Orlov)
Lidiya Deikun Lidiya Deikun ... Vikhorika (as L. Deikun)
Serafim Zaytsev ... Yefimka (as S. Zaytsev)
V. Kravchenko V. Kravchenko ... Danilo - malchyk


Aging master gemcutter Prokopych is forced to take up a young apprentice against his will. He chooses young daredevil Danilo, who seems to have only one practical talent - the one for gemcutting. In time he becomes obsessed with his job and eventually outdoes even Prokopych. Prokopych's landlord orders the two to make him a stone casket so beautiful it will even impress a French marquess he made a bet with. Danilo gladly takes this challenge upon himself but Prokopych warns him that he mustn't let his craft consume him. Unfortunately, Danilo won't listen and after failing to make a stone casket so perfect that it seems like the stone had come to life, he abandons both his worried master and his lovely and loving fiancee Katya to travel to the legendary Copper Mountain where the most beautiful stone cup ever created is located. In fact, the cup is said to be so enchanting that no one wants to (or can) leave the mountain ever again after seeing it just once. Danilo plans to uncover its ...

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An apprentice stone sculptor risks his life, soul & marriage to learn the secrets of his trade from a mountain witch.
9 April 2008 | by maksquibsSee all my reviews

This faux (?) folktale, probably the best known film of Soviet fabulist Aleksandr Ptushko, is a paean to artistic individuality: a daydreaming youth becomes protégé to an old stone carver; visits the secret cave of a mountain witch to delve into his art; and then, with the unwavering trust of his deserted bride, finds his way back into the world as absolute master of his craft. A rather non-collective idea to find in the Stalinist film world of the time. Ptushko's style often looks like some over-decorated/Russian-themed Christmas window, but it certainly fits his subject. The crudity in the technique comes off as sincerity and the USSR color processing of the era is often quite lovely if you boost the brightness level on your equipment. Aimed at kids, but probably best for grown up cultural Sovietologists.

NOTE: Check out the DVD extras for an amazing stop-motion animation clip from Ptsuhko's 1936 pic THE NEW GULLIVER.

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Release Date:

27 December 1946 (USA) See more »

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Moscow, Russia See more »

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1.37 : 1
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