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Obyknovennoe chudo (1979)

A wizard invents characters who all come to life and start to arrive at his house: a King, his servants, a princes, a bear trapped in a man's body - the usual lot. The Plot mainly rotates ... See full summary »


Mark Zakharov


Evgeniy Shvarts (play), Mark Zakharov


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Credited cast:
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Wizard
Irina Kupchenko ... Wizard's wife
Evgeniy Leonov ... King
Evgeniya Simonova ... Princess
Aleksandr Abdulov ... Bear
Yekaterina Vasilyeva ... First Lady
Andrey Mironov ... Minister Administrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gennadiy Egorov Gennadiy Egorov
Tatyana Ignatova ... Servant (as T. Ignatova)
Vladimir Yanovskis Vladimir Yanovskis


A wizard invents characters who all come to life and start to arrive at his house: a King, his servants, a princes, a bear trapped in a man's body - the usual lot. The Plot mainly rotates around the bear, who the wizard had turned into a man. The Bear, who wishes to be a bear once again, can turn into his old self if he were to kiss a princess. It gets complicated when he falls in love with that princess, that arrived at the wizard's house. For how can they be together, if a single kiss will destroy their love? Written by DrStrangelife

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Release Date:

1 January 1979 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Обыкновенное чудо See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Those ordinary miracles we create
25 August 2008 | by knysliukasSee all my reviews

Mark Zakharov has done a number of interesting, allegoric films ('To Kill a Dragon', for one), often adapting plays of Yevgeni Shvarts. Yet 'An Oridnary Miracle' is much more than just one in a bunch.

What we have here is a tale coming to life, an allegory in its full sense. The plot is centered around the Wizard, played superbly by Oleg Yankovsky, and his wife (another fantastic performance by Irina Kupchenko). The Wizard utters words, and we see them come to life - literally. He is dictating every move of this story, setting the pace and force of action. Creating a solid world by imagination, a world that stumbles upon his tired wife and wouldn't leave until set right.

The center of this imaginary world is a love story, a fairy tale of a bear turned into a man who has to be kissed by a princess to return to his true form. Zakharov handles this in a beautiful way. The love story is very romantic, yet never too sweet, accompanied with superb supporting characters of the King (Yevgeni Leonov) and his Minister Administrator (Andrei Mironov), the very stars of the Soviet Russian cinema.

Everything is very theatrical in this movie. Anotther commenter here mentioned it's due to Zakharov's occupation as a theatre director. Yet it seems there's more to it, since other pictures of his hold less of this stage atmosphere. Having seen this movie numerous times, i like to think this 'theatricity' as, for one, an homage to Shvarts' plays, and also as yet another allegory of life and imagination, when everyone of us can be creators of many things. Creating our own life, which is nothing but an (un)ordinary miracle.

The whole movie, i think, comes to a simple truth, articulated in many masterpieces (it would fit to remember Tarkovsky here): it is difficult to be a creator. This gift comes with its own rules, sometimes far beyond control. Yet by allowing it to come, we can produce small, ordinary miracles. To quote the theme song of the movie, 'awkwardly, funnily, illogically, mindlessly - miraculously'.

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