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Through Fire, Water and... Brass Pipes (1968)

Ogon, voda i... mednye truby (original title)
One day, Vasya journeys into the forest to meet his beloved Alyonushka, only to have her forcibly whisked away by the wretched Kashchej. To save her, Vasya must face a number of fabulous, archetypal tests.


Aleksandr Rou


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalya Sedykh ... Alyonushka
Aleksei Katyshev ... Vasya
Georgiy Millyar ... Kashchej
Vera Altayskaya ... Baba Yaga
Lev Potyomkin ... Chernoborodyj
Aleksandr Khvylya ... Pleshivyj
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Odnoglasyj
Leonid Kharitonov ... Fedul VI
Muza Krepkogorskaya ... Sofyushka
Aleksei Smirnov ... Fireman
Pavel Pavlenko ... Water-spite
Arkadi Tsinman ... Advicer I
Zoya Vasilkova ... Advicer II
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Tsar
Lidiya Korolyova ... Tsarina


One day, Vasya journeys into the forest to meet his beloved Alyonushka, only to have her forcibly whisked away by the wretched Kashchej. To save her, Vasya must face a number of fabulous, archetypal tests.

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13 December 1968 (East Germany) See more »

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Glorious pipes
8 January 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Just over five years ago, decided to watch a lot of Russian fantasy and animations, out of interest and for some nostalgia. Now during a calmer period, decided to do it again, wanting to relive the happiness felt doing it back them. My experience of Russian fantasy and film in general has been one of great pleasure, back then (especially back then actually) and now.

'Through Fire, Water and...Brass Pipes' is yet another entertaining and beautiful Soviet/Russian film, incorporating fantasy, comedy and romance, and another reason why my re-visiting of Russian films has been more than worthwhile and a great decision. Yet another film where all the fond memories of that period just over five years ago in a quite difficult period at the same time were once again brought back, feelings felt with other recently seen Russian films and that is including other films by Alexander Rou.

It, 'Through Fire, Water and...Brass Pipes' that is, is not perfect. Some of the acting is a little over-the-top in places, especially for Kashchej.

Some of the action is on the overdone clownish side but this is thankfully not frequent and far outweighed by the entertaining and inventive way a lot of the story is told.

Handsomely mounted 'Through Fire, Water and...Brass Pipes' is, the costumes and sets being quite imaginative and magical, with sumptuous colour, and the photography isn't indulgent or static. The score is just lovely to listen to and very distinctively Russian in sound, complete with some sparkling songs that

Writing is charming and the satirical humour is hilarious, very witty and smart. The story, one that is texturally rich with a lot going on without being overstuffed, also on the whole enchants, with lots of fun and charm (the romantic elements warming the heart) and quite a lot of parts done imaginatively and with a sense of wonder.

Characters are archetypal yet engaging and likeable (loved the goat), and most of the acting appeals.

Overall, very enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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