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A story of two orphans growing up in Flemish town at the time of witch-hunts, fear and ever present chance to get caught and been tortured and killed with or without a reason.


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Credited cast:
Lembit Ulfsak ... Til
Natalya Belokhvostikova Natalya Belokhvostikova ... Nele
Evgeniy Leonov ... Lamme
Mikhail Ulyanov ... Klaas
Larisa Malevannaya ... Sootkin
Alla Demidova ... Katlina
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Fishman
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Karl V
Igor Ledogorov ... Oransky
Vera Vasileva ... Lamme's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juozas Budraitis
Mikaela Drozdovskaya
Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy ... Philipp II
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... Priest
Vladimir Fyodorov


A story of two orphans growing up in Flemish town at the time of witch-hunts, fear and ever present chance to get caught and been tortured and killed with or without a reason.

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Soviet Union



Release Date:

3 April 1977 (West Germany) See more »

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Legend About Thiel See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version is divided in two films: "Legenda o Tile: Pepel Klaasa" ("The Legend of Till: The Ashes of Klaas") (2 parts) and "Legenda o Tile: Da zdravstvuyut nishchiye!" ("The Legend of Thill: Viva Beggars!") (2 parts). TV version is divided in 5 parts. See more »


Version of Bold Adventure (1956) See more »

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passing the test of time
24 June 2014 | by spintonguesSee all my reviews

One of the soviet cinema masterpieces, and it passes the test of time rather well. I watched the film version as a kid, and it was impressive, but this, extended, version, re-edited for West German TV to almost twice the movie length (over 400 minutes, sliced into 5 episodes) is even better for there are less holes in continuity. Alov & Naumov, production designers, and the brilliant cinematographer Valentin Zheleznyakov in the mid-1970s did what Peter Greenaway achieved somewhat later—they made Dutch and Spanish classic painting come alive, creating the total illusion of immersing in the believable (albeit mythological) period as perceived and depicted by Masters.

Although the cast is the all-star band of soviet cinema of that period (with, again, believable faces, unlike the present day actors' well-fed mugs), the voice-overs are atrocious, intonations false and theatrical, and the dialogue stilted and unnatural. This, however, with time is perceived as the conventionality, and all attention is paid to the visuals. Even the human effigy of Byelokhvostikova (Nele) is very watchable, 'cause she, of course, has an almost ideal face (but a bad actress nevertheless). As for the design and picture, again, it's like watching a living painting, and I wish there were a guide somewhere, explaining to broad public what art masterpieces were used as inspirations where (I could see a lot but not all of them, of course, I'm not that visual myself).

Another minor shortcoming is that some scenes seem to be rather bloated time-wise, but, again, this might be our impression nowadays, after all the extra-fast editing of contemporary blockbusters. And, don't forget, soviet viewers needed all the explanation one could offer them. In order to feel the pain and rage of the character, watch all 10 minutes of him being tortured on the wheel, bitches.

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