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In a small Russian town, there is a Research Institute for magic. One of the witches, Alyona Sanina, is going to marry a guy named Ivan Puhov (not a magician). A jealous Apollon Sataneev ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae ... Alyona Igorevna Sanina (as Aleksandra Yakovleva)
Aleksandr Abdulov ... Ivan Sergeevich Puhov
Yekaterina Vasilyeva ... Kira Anatolyevna Shemahanskaya
Valentin Gaft ... Apollon Mitrofanovich Sataneev
Evgeniy Vesnik
Valeriy Zolotukhin ... Ivan Kivrin
Emmanuil Vitorgan ... Kovrov
Mikhail Svetin ... Foma Ostapych Bryl
Roman Filippov ... Modest Kamneyedov
Anna Ashimova ... Nina Puhova (as Anya Ashimova)
Semyon Farada ... Gost' s Yuga (Guest from South)
Ye. Abramova Ye. Abramova ... Verochka
I. Belger I. Belger ... Katenka
Vera Smolyanitskaya ... A master of a speaking cat (as V. Smolyanitskaya)
Liliya Makeyeva ... Sekretarsha (as L. Makeyeva)
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In a small Russian town, there is a Research Institute for magic. One of the witches, Alyona Sanina, is going to marry a guy named Ivan Puhov (not a magician). A jealous Apollon Sataneev tells her boss Kira Shemahandskaya that Sanina is going to marry not Ivan Puhov, but Ivan Kivrin, whom Shemahandskaya is going to marry herself. Enraged, Shemahandskaya, who is a powerful witch, orders Sanina to forget about her Ivan and marry Sataneev instead. And this will be final unless Alyona kisses Puhov before midnight on New Year. Alyona's friends call Puhov to the rescue. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

31 December 1982 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Written by Evgeniy Krylatov and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Dobrie Molodtsy
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A great movie for anyone trying to understand the "mysterious Russian soul"
2 September 2005 | by evgeniy77See all my reviews

I love this movie for the fact that they treat all ancient Russian fairy tale elements in a modern context. A great pun is made in the last names of the characters---all are variations on terms and names of the magical and the mystical. Also it is a great romantic comedy. Many of the quotes from this film stay with you for a lifetime. I especially love the song in the film about the three white beautiful horses named December, January and February that carry your sled off into the beauty of Her Majesty Winter. You can put it on the shelf for the classic Soviet New Year's Eve romantic comedies, such as "Ironiya sud'by ili "s legkim parom!"" and "Karnaval'naya noch'". I was also pleasantly surprised when I found out that it was made by the Odessa Film Studios---my city of birth.


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