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The Night Before Christmas (1962)

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

Director:

Aleksandr Rou

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Khvylya ... Chub
L. Myznikova ... Oksana
Yuri Tavrov ... Vakula (as Yu. Tavrov)
Lyudmila Khityaeva ... Solokha
Sergey Martinson ... Osip, the Sacristan (as Sergei Martinson)
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Panas
Vera Altayskaya Vera Altayskaya ... Wife of Panas
Dmitriy Kapka ... Shanuvalenko
Nikolay Yakovchenko ... Patsyuk
M. Sidorchuk M. Sidorchuk ... Odarka
Aleksandr Radunsky Aleksandr Radunsky ... The Head (as A. Radunsky)
Georgiy Millyar ... The Devil
Aleksei Smirnov
Mikhail Troyanovskiy
Aleksandr Demyanenko
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Surreal Soviet-era Christmas fantasy movie.

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

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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Russian fairy tale for children
19 April 2017 | by sinful-2See all my reviews

I have seen a few Russian fairy tales and adventure movies from the same time which I enjoyed watching. This one about a blacksmith/painter and the devil and their struggle with each other I did find quite lackluster though.

The movie has nice color pictures for this sort of story. But the story feels like it moves in slow motion. The movie is only just over an hour long but I was bored before it ended. Things like special effects were handled by showing the movie backwards all the time. 10th time you see the movie going backwards it is not cute anymore.

You can find much better Russian movies and fairy tales from the same time period. I would suggest watching Mariya-iskusnitsa (1960) instead that I found more entertaining.


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