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Cinerama's Russian Adventure (1966)

Following an introduction by Bing Crosby, the Cinerama screen widens for scenes of landscapes, cities, peoples, and entertainments of the Soviet Union. Highlights include the historic ... See full summary »


Homer McCoy (prologue)


Bing Crosby


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Bing Crosby ... Self - Narrator (voice)


Following an introduction by Bing Crosby, the Cinerama screen widens for scenes of landscapes, cities, peoples, and entertainments of the Soviet Union. Highlights include the historic buildings and churches of Moscow, as the Kremlin; its subway and streets, a spring carnival, the seaside resorts on the Black Sea, a trip down the Voga River, skiers, a troika racing along a snow-covered road, a helicopter view of the North Pole, an Antarctic whale hunt, the capture of a wild boar in the Moyun-Kum of Central Asia, a race by reindeer-drawn sleds, divers in the Sea of Okhotsk, battling an octopus, the capture of antelopes, rafting logs down the Tisza River, and the development of new towns in Siberia. Other scenes include a visit to the Moscow Circus, where the renowned clown Oleg Popov performs, the dancing of the Moiseyev and Piatnitsky companies, and excerpts from the repertoire of the Bolshoi Theater Ballet. Written by Anonymous

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Only the original 3-camera CINERAMA is marvel enough to plunge you into the most INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE OF ALL! See more »




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The Russians provided some footage that had been shot in their Kino-Panorama process, a three strip giant screen process that was almost identical to Cinerama. See more »


Referenced in Cinerama Adventure (2002) See more »

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Somewhat dated but very charming and quite beautiful (in Smilebox).
20 September 2020 | by ugvymhbhSee all my reviews

Fortunately this film has been restored and released in the wonderful Smilebox format simulating the look of the original Cinerama screen. At times the content is extraordinary with beautiful cinematography and picture composition, during other segments its a bit dated and slow. I was surprised to find that some of the dance performances were absolutely riveting! The Busby Berkley like choreography for the "traditional dance sequences" being timeless and mesmerizing, while the ballet sequences were simply beautiful ! Modern young audiences won't find much here because there is no CGI or paper thin heroes uttering childish cliches, but more mature audiences will appreciate the artistry provided. There is no mention of politics throughout the film, so you should not let that be a concern. I have all of the available Cinerama Smilebox films and this one is about the middle of the pack in terms of restoration quality and overall content, "Search For Paradise" being the best and "The Golden Head", the worst. Available in BluRay/DVD from the manufacturer and on ITunes in digital form. Too bad younger audiences missed the Cinerama era, It was a great period in film-making and these restorations prove it!

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Soviet Union | USA



Release Date:

29 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventura en Rusia See more »

Filming Locations:

Former USSR

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Cinerama 7-Track (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.59 : 1
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