6.2/10
220
6 user

Christmas Eve (1913)

Noch pered Rozhdestvom (original title)
Based on Gogol's story: It's Christmas Eve, and everyone in the village has plans. The devil and the witch Solokha are looking for ways of causing mischief. Chub the Cossack just wants some... See full summary »

Writers:

Nikolay Gogol (short story) (as Nikolai Gogol), Wladyslaw Starewicz (script)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ivan Mozzhukhin ... Devil (as Ivan Mosjoukine)
Olga Obolenskaya Olga Obolenskaya ... Oksana
Lidiya Tridenskaya Lidiya Tridenskaya ... Solokha
Petr Lopukhin Petr Lopukhin ... Vakula (as P. Laphukin)
Aleksandr Kheruvimov Aleksandr Kheruvimov ... Golova
Pavel Knorr Pavel Knorr ... Chub
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
S. Sorin S. Sorin
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Based on the verse story by Pushkin: Pretty young Parasha is living with her widowed mother. Parasha diligently takes care of many household tasks, but she also enjoys flirting with the ... See full summary »

Director: Pyotr Chardynin
Stars: Praskovya Maksimova, Sofya Goslavskaya, Ivan Mozzhukhin
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Dragonfly jumped in the summer, danced, and the ant was collecting supplies for the winter. Winter came. The Dragonfly did not have time to look back, but there is already nothing left.... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Mr Beetle seeks companionship from a statuesque dragonfly dancer, unaware that her ex-boyfriend, a slender grasshopper and an industrious cameraman, watches their every move. Will Mrs Beetle forgive him? Will he get away with adultery?

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Pikovaya dama (1910)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on Pushkin's short story: When his friends play faro, German always enjoys watching, but he never gambles himself. One day, as he is watching their game, he learns that an elderly ... See full summary »

Director: Pyotr Chardynin
Stars: Pavel Biryukov, Aleksandra Goncharova, Antonina Pozharskaya
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

While hosting a game of cards one night, Narumov tells his friends a story about his grandmother, a Countess. As a young woman, she had once incurred an enormous gambling debt, which she ... See full summary »

Director: Yakov Protazanov
Stars: Tamara Duvan, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Vera Orlova
The Black Imp (1905)
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Leslie Swayne, an adventurer, in order to obtain enough money to satisfy the needs of his extravagant life, has been bribed to steal the plans of the fortification from the staff officers ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Caserini
Stars: Lyda Borelli, Mario Bonnard, Gian Paolo Rosmino
The Champion (1915)
Short | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Bud Jamison, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson
The Fireman (1916)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three friends go on a trip and decided to rest at an abandoned house. Everything seems pretty normal until really weird things start to happen.

Director: Segundo de Chomón
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An enthusiastic young couple is astounded with modern technology's giant leaps in the fascinating field of electricity.

Director: Segundo de Chomón
Stars: Segundo de Chomón, Julienne Mathieu
Short | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès, Marguerite Thévenard, Bleuette Bernon
Edit

Storyline

Based on Gogol's story: It's Christmas Eve, and everyone in the village has plans. The devil and the witch Solokha are looking for ways of causing mischief. Chub the Cossack just wants some vodka. Solokha's son, Vakula the smith, wants to court Chub's charming daughter Oksana, who sets him on a quest: if Vakula will bring her the tsaritsa's shoes, Oksana will marry him. Meanwhile, the popular Solokha has a series of male visitors to contend with. When Vakula interrupts her, it sets off a chain of events that leads to a busy night for everyone. Written by Snow Leopard

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Fantasy

Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Svatá noc (1972) See more »

User Reviews

Crazy Stuff That's Fun to Watch
2 August 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

If you combine Starewicz's cinematic creativity with Gogol's literary imagination, you know that you are going to get something interesting. This filming of "Christmas Eve" is filled with manic activity, offbeat characters, and amusing developments. It was quite an ambitious undertaking for 1913, and it is also a live-action feature, rather than one of the animated gems for which Starewicz is probably better-remembered. But the material provides opportunities for both comedy and fantasy, giving Starewicz plenty to work with.

The story takes place in a small village, with a popular witch, the devil, a smith, a Cossack's daughter, and several others getting involved in a long series of escapades. In Gogol's original story, everything ties together more neatly, and it's all inter-related. This film version never quite pulls everything together (whether because it assumed familiarity with the story, or whether it just proved a little too difficult without spoken dialogue). But most of the sequences hold up well enough by themselves anyway, since they usually have enough humor to carry them off even when is not as clear how they connect with the main story.

Whether or not you are familiar with the original story, there's quite a bit to see. It's crazy stuff that's fun to watch.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

26 December 1913 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Before Christmas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Khanzhonkov See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed