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The Night Before Christmas (1961)

Vechera na khutore bliz Dikanki (original title)
Surreal Soviet-era Christmas fantasy movie.


Aleksandr Rou


Nikolay Gogol (story) (as Nikolai Gogol), Aleksandr Rou


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Khvylya ... Chub (as A. Khvylya)
L. Myznikova ... Oksana
Yuri Tavrov ... Vakula (as Yu. Tavrov)
Lyudmila Khityaeva ... Solokha (as L. Khityayeva)
Sergey Martinson ... Osip the Deacon (as S. Martinson)
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Panas (as A. Kubatsky)
Vera Altayskaya Vera Altayskaya ... Wife of Panas (as V. Altaiskaya)
Dmitriy Kapka ... Shapuvalenko (as D. Kapka)
Nikolay Yakovchenko ... Patsyuk (as N. Yakovchenko)
M. Sidorchuk M. Sidorchuk ... Odarka
Aleksandr Radunsky Aleksandr Radunsky ... The Head (as A. Radunsky)
Georgiy Millyar ... The Devil (as G. Millyar)
A. Ablova A. Ablova
V. Bubnova V. Bubnova
Mikhail Vasilyev ... Cossack (as M. Vasilyev)


A film adaptation of Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol's novel "The Night Before Christmas" from the series "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka" was staged by Aleksandr Rou, the "master of film fairy-tale". A fairy tale story is played out that happened on a farm near Dikanka on the night before Christmas, when village blacksmith Vakula, riding a devil, brought Tsarina's shoes to his beloved Oksana, the daughter of a rich Cossack Chub, from St. Petersburg. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Russian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

8 January 1962 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka See more »

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1.37 : 1
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In the early 1990s, the film was released by the cinema association "Close-up" on videotapes. See more »


Version of Hutorskie strasti (2008) See more »

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Wonderfully funny fantasy
14 December 2006 | by daustinSee all my reviews

In the best tradition of Soviet fantasy, Dikanka is entertaining from start to finish. There isn't much a plot (hijinks during the night), but the practical effects are charming, and I laughed harder than I had in a long time.

The best element is the Devil himself. Rather than a figure of fear and evil, the Devil is a hairy, silly fellow who keeps busy by tormenting a blacksmith who drew a religious picture that the Devil found particularly offensive. In addition, there are a horde of lusty and/or drunken townsmen, and a cameo by the Tsarina herself. Also, a "Three's Company"-esquire set piece where character after character must hide out in the local witch's hut.

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