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Baba Yaga (1973)

Zolotye roga (original title)
A long time ago a splendid deer with golden antlers lived in the woods, always protecting the poor and weak and disdaining evil. In a little village nearby the woods widow Yevdokya lived ... See full summary »

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Mikhail Nozhkin (poems), Lev Potyomkin | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Georgiy Millyar ... Witch Baba Yaga
Aleksei Smirnov ... Old Wood Spirit Kapytonich
Raisa Ryazanova ... Mother Yevdokya
Volodya Belov Volodya Belov ... Kirill
Ira Tchigrinova Ira Tchigrinova ... Mashenka
Lena Tchigrinova Lena Tchigrinova ... Dashenka
Yuri Kharchenko Yuri Kharchenko ... Wood Spirit Chochrik
I. Baida I. Baida ... Wood Spirit Fjap
Anatoli Gorbachyov Anatoli Gorbachyov ... Wood Spirit Lyab
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Robber Chief Irod
Vera Altayskaya ... Cook
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksandr Khvylya
Margarita Korabelnikova Margarita Korabelnikova
Saveliy Kramarov
Lev Potyomkin
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A long time ago a splendid deer with golden antlers lived in the woods, always protecting the poor and weak and disdaining evil. In a little village nearby the woods widow Yevdokya lived with her twin daughters Mashenka and Dashenka, her son and her old father. One day the girls observe robbers hunting the deer. Shortly after they are lured into the woods by forest spirits. Infuriated about their presence, witch Baba Yaga turns them into fawns. Meanwhile, Yevdokya searches for her daughters. For protecting the deer of robbers she gets a magical ring to protect her from danger. The deer advises her to set off to the red sun or the clear moon. But both cannot reach the magic woods with their light. Finally, the boy accompanied by his cat goes in search for sisters and mother. Written by unknown

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1 January 1973 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Horns See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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despite the Cold War, both sides loved demented kids' movies
7 June 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

It seems that throughout the '60s and '70s, a number of the movies targeted at tykes ended up pretty bizarre, even demented. A number of the ones that came from the Soviet Union have to get seen to be believed. I had previously seen the Soviet TV adaptations of "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Pinocchio" - that one was basically "The Partridge Family" on steroids and acid - but Aleksandr Rou's "Zolotye roga" ("The Golden Horns" in English) is a more sedate one. True, the musical scenes look as if they're trying to make kids need psychiatric help, but it's an enjoyable movie. People familiar with Russian fairy tales will know who Baba Yaga is. If not, you'll get an idea while watching the movie. Another interesting depiction of her is the Italian movie "Baba Yaga" in which Carroll Baker starred during the years when she worked in Italy.

Yes, it's one of the weirder movies out there, but you're sure to love it. Another WTF children's movie from the Soviet Union is a 1983 adaptation of "Mary Poppins" containing 1980s pop music (I spent the whole movie wondering how the Soviet Union got its hands on 1980s pop music). Bert - played by Dick Van Dyke in the more famous version - looks like a cross between Elliott Gould and Keith Richards.


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