An oddly Russian Sinbad seeks to bring happiness to his people - first by trying to give money and goods to the poor, then by seeking out the Blue Bird of Happiness.Written by
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The original Russian version was a musical fantasy based on an opera by Rimsky-Korsakov. See more »
(U.S. version) A Moss-Film Production (It was produced by Russia's Mosfilm studios) See more »
This film was released in the United States in an edited and dubbed version as "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" (1962). The approximately ten minutes of footage deleted from the film was basically musical and dancing scenes. False credits were created to hide the fact that this was made in Russia. See more »
_Sadko_ is a masterpiece of cinematic fantasy - there doesn't seem to be one frame that doesn't enthral, and the recreations of medieval Ukraine and India are unsurpassed by any other historical/fantasy film. The dubbed American version, _The Magic Voyage of Sinbad_, is a bit of a travesty, but I recently saw the complete Russian version with subtitles at a Ptushko retrospective which was going around the country, so it may soon be possible to finally get the real thing on video.
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