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The Magic Weaver (1960)

Mariya-iskusnitsa (original title)
An old soldier helps a young boy find his mother, who's been kidnapped to the magical underwater kingdom in a remote Russian lake.

Director:

Aleksandr Rou

Writer:

Evgeniy Shvarts (as Eugene Schwartz)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mikhail Kuznetsov ... The Old Soldier
Viktor Perevalov ... Ivanushka, Mariya's son (as Vitya Perevalov)
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Water Wizard (Oswald XVII, US version)
Georgiy Millyar ... Prime Minister Croak
Olga Khachapuridze Olga Khachapuridze ... Alyonushka, the Water Wizard's Daughter (as Olya Khadhapuridze)
Ninel Myshkova ... Mariya, the Weaver (as Nelli Myshkova)
Vera Altayskaya Vera Altayskaya ... Ttushka-Nepogodushka
Sergei Troitsky Sergei Troitsky ... Altyn Altynych (as S. Troitsky)
Aleksandr Khvylya ... Mudrets-Molchanik
N. Kondratev N. Kondratev
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andre Aloshine Andre Aloshine ... (as Andrei Alyoshin)
Andrei Baranov Andrei Baranov
Valentin Bryleev
N. Kuznetsov N. Kuznetsov
K. Nermolyayev K. Nermolyayev
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An old soldier helps a young boy find his mother, who's been kidnapped to the magical underwater kingdom in a remote Russian lake.

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A New ENCHANTMENT! Adventure and Fantasy...in FAIRYLAND COLOR See more »

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

22 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Wizard Of Oz on steroids!
3 August 2006 | by nunojasonSee all my reviews

This film just blew me away and I didn't even have English subtitles or dubbing on the copy that I viewed. It was all Russian, and I don't speak a lick of it! It didn't matter. The language barrier couldn't stop me from seeing it's greatness. The music and song and dance numbers are very fun, bizarre, and compelling. This is maybe the most colorful and bizarre movie I have ever seen. The miniature girl dance sequence and the song and dance sequence near the end of the film with the main under-water kingdom guy with all the hair is bouncing his butt on the stairs, well that whole sequence and the other one I mentioned are just brilliant and beautiful. I'm really loving these films by Alexander Rou as well as Alexander Ptushko's films.


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