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In a small Russian town, there is a Research Institute for magic. One of the witches, Alyona Sanina, is going to marry a guy named Ivan Puhov (not a magician). A jealous Apollon Sataneev ... See full summary »

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Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Arkadiy Strugatskiy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae ... Alyona Igorevna Sanina (as Aleksandra Yakovleva)
Aleksandr Abdulov ... Ivan Sergeevich Puhov
Yekaterina Vasilyeva ... Kira Anatolyevna Shemahanskaya
Valentin Gaft ... Apollon Mitrofanovich Sataneev
Evgeniy Vesnik
Valeriy Zolotukhin ... Ivan Kivrin
Emmanuil Vitorgan ... Kovrov
Mikhail Svetin ... Foma Ostapych Bryl
Roman Filippov ... Modest Kamneyedov
Anna Ashimova ... Nina Puhova (as Anya Ashimova)
Semyon Farada ... Gost' s Yuga (Guest from South)
Ye. Abramova Ye. Abramova ... Verochka
I. Belger I. Belger ... Katenka
Vera Smolyanitskaya ... A master of a speaking cat (as V. Smolyanitskaya)
Liliya Makeyeva ... Sekretarsha (as L. Makeyeva)
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In a small Russian town, there is a Research Institute for magic. One of the witches, Alyona Sanina, is going to marry a guy named Ivan Puhov (not a magician). A jealous Apollon Sataneev tells her boss Kira Shemahandskaya that Sanina is going to marry not Ivan Puhov, but Ivan Kivrin, whom Shemahandskaya is going to marry herself. Enraged, Shemahandskaya, who is a powerful witch, orders Sanina to forget about her Ivan and marry Sataneev instead. And this will be final unless Alyona kisses Puhov before midnight on New Year. Alyona's friends call Puhov to the rescue. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Ved'ma-rechka
("Witch-river")
Written by Evgeniy Krylatov and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Irina Otieva
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modern musical Christmas fairy tale
10 January 2003 | by akoumareSee all my reviews

This movie is a modern fairy tale. The story happens in an institute of magic during Christmas time. the girl (Alena) is supposed to marry to Ivan. However, an envious person makes to think to her boss that Alena is in love with the boy friend of the boss in question, who decides to bewitch Alena. The only way to save her is to be kissed by Ivan. I liked this movie because of the humorous way of presenting the intrigue. It is amusing and refreshing. The dialogs and expressions are funny.


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Soviet Union

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Russian

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31 December 1982 (Soviet Union) See more »

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