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Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1963)

Korolevstvo krivykh zerkal (original title)
Olya steps through the mirror into the Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors where Yalo resides. The kingdom, under the rule of King Yagupop LXXVII (reverse of Popugay, meaning parrot) produces ... See full summary »

Director:

Aleksandr Rou

Writers:

Lev Arkadyev, Vitali Gubarev (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olga Yukina ... Olya (as Olya Yukina)
Tatyana Yukina ... Yalo (as Tanya Yukina)
Tatyana Barysheva ... Grandmother
Anatoliy Kubatskiy ... Jagupop 77
Andrey Fayt ... Nushrok
Lidiya Vertinskaya Lidiya Vertinskaya ... Anidag (as L. Vertinskaya)
Arkadi Tsinman ... Abag
Andrei Stapran Andrei Stapran ... Gurd
Ivan Kuznetsov ... (as I. Kuznetsov)
Georgiy Millyar
Pavel Pavlenko ... Ministr
Tamara Nosova ... Aunt Aksal
Vera Altayskaya Vera Altayskaya ... Asirk
Aleksandr Khvylya
Valentin Bryleev
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Olya steps through the mirror into the Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors where Yalo resides. The kingdom, under the rule of King Yagupop LXXVII (reverse of Popugay, meaning parrot) produces crooked mirrors that brainwash its people through subtle changes in reality. Written by soniavilkele

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Family | Fantasy

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

28 August 1963 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" by Frank Churchill (with additional lyrics by Ann Ronell) are hummed several times throughout the film by members of the cast. See more »

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Surreal Russian children's fantasy
30 November 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

As some other reviewers have noted, WORLD OF CROOKED MIRRORS is a delightfully old-fashioned Russian fairy tale put on film. It's a children's fantasy heavily indebted to the likes of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, telling of a young and innocent girl who climbs through a mirror and finds herself transported to a fantastic world that has been corrupted by evil reflections. Most of the film concentrates on having fun with backwards characters and names.

The dated nature of this production gives it the quality of an old pantomime and that's not helped by the garish costumes and over-saturated colours of the production. However, at the same time, these things are strengths when it comes to WORLD OF CROOKED MIRRORS. The film has a distinctive and surreal look with some parts that would be more than frightening for a watching child spoon-fed on the safe world of Disney. The special effects are quaint rather than elaborate and lovers of the bizarre will be in their element.


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